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Standardized Testing

The following tests are available to students who attend Bishop Alemany:

 
PSAT stands for Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test and is a practice version of the SAT. The PSAT 9 measures what students are already learning, showing them whether they are on track for college, and letting them know where they need the most improvement. That means students have time to tackle these areas long before they take the SAT in their junior and senior years.
 
The PSAT 10/11 is highly relevant to your future success because they focus on the skills and knowledge at the heart of education. They will measure:
    • What you learn in high school
    • What you need to succeed in college
It is the practice version of the SAT for 10th/11th grade. This test is also the qualifying exam for the National Merit Scholarship Program.
 
SAT stands for Scholastic Assessment Test. This exam is a three-part test focusing on critical reading, mathematical abilities, and writing skills that students have developed in high school. It is one factor of college admissions to most four-year universities. Any senior planning to go to a four-year college should take the SAT Reasoning Test by November of his or her senior year. Juniors are encouraged to take the SAT Reasoning Test in the spring semester of their junior year. 
*Due to COVID-19, most colleges and universities have made the SAT requirement optional for the Class of 2021. 
 
SAT Subject Tests are college admission exams on specific subjects. These are the only national admissions tests where students choose the tests that best showcase their strengths and interests. There are 20 SAT Subject Tests in five general subject areas: English, History, World Languages, Mathematics and Science. Subject Tests test students on their knowledge of subjects on a high school level. A Subject Test(s) may be required depending on the choice of university or major. 
 
ACT stands for American College Testing. This exam is a four-part test focusing on critical reading, writing, mathematical abilities, and science-based knowledge that students have developed in high school. It is one factor of college admissions to most four-year universities. Any senior planning to go to a four-year college should take the ACT by November of his or her senior year. Juniors are encouraged to take the ACT in the spring semester of their junior year. 
*Due to COVID-19, most colleges and universities have made the ACT requirement optional for the Class of 2021. 
 
Advanced Placement tests are college-level exams on specific subjects that are administered in May upon the completion of an AP course in the corresponding subject. A high enough score on the corresponding AP exam can earn students college credit for colleges and universities. Alemany offers 21 AP courses. 
 
ASVAB stands for the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, which is a multiple-choice test that helps students identify which Army jobs (Military Occupational Specialties would be best for them. The test is offered for free to all juniors and seniors, whether or not they are considering a military career. 
 
 
 
Mr. John Casey Vear has developed and taught SAT preparation courses for more than sixteen years at American and International high schools. He has worked for the Educational Testing Service as a Test Center Supervisor for the GMAT and TOEFL programs. Mr. Vear has twenty-five years of experience teaching English, Earth Science, Physical Science, Algebra, and Geometry. He currently teaches Algebra I and Algebra II at Bishop Alemany High School.
 
For more information, please contact Mr. Vear (jvear@alemany.org). 
 
*Due to COVID-19, this course is currently cancelled.