Necessary information and applications for the following tests are available to students who attend Bishop Alemany:
Preliminary Scholastic Assessment (PSAT) (Grade 11)
This test is designed as a preparation for the SAT test, and is also the qualifying exam for the National Merit Scholarship Program. See school calendar for this year's date (October).
Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT Reasoning Test)
This is a 3-part test on critical reading, mathematical abilities, and writing skills that the student has developed in high school. It is the basis of admission to most 4-year colleges and universities. Any senior planning to go to a 4-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 of their junior year. Dates for this test are available in the College Career Center, the school calendar in the Student Handbook and in the various bulletins distributed to students and parents throughout the year. See attachment for this year's testing dates.
College Board Achievement Tests (SAT Subject Tests)
This is a series of tests that assess what has been learned in a particular subject area. The SAT Subject Test(s) may be required depending on the college or choice of major. Each senior must check the test requirements of the college and major that he or she chooses. See the calendar for deadlines.
American College Testing Program (ACT)
The ACT, like the SAT Reasoning Test, is a college entrance test. Every senior should check the test requirements of the college he or she chooses. Some students opt to take both SAT Reasoning Test and ACT. See attachment for this year's testing dates. See attachment for this year's testing dates.
Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)
This test offers an evaluation of the abilities of a person in many different areas. The results of this test are most helpful in deciding a career. This test is offered free to all seniors and juniors, whether or not they are considering a military career. See the Parent Student Handbook Calendar for dates.
PLAN (Grade 10)
The PLAN® programs helps 10th graders build a solid foundation for future academic and career success. It is a comprehensive guidance resource that helps students measure their current academic development, explore career/training options, and make plans for the remaining years of high school and post-graduation years. See school calendar for this year's date (October).
ASPIRE (Grade 9)
The ASPIRE® program is designated to help ninth graders explore a broad range of options for their future. It prepares students for their high school coursework, as well as or their post-high school choices. See school calendar for this year's date (October).
Alemany's SAT/ACT Prep Course
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.