In addition to assessments they take in class, students take standardized tests as ways to track their learning and give teachers valuable information. District 99 is also required by the state of Illinois to give other assessments; scores are used by faculty and staff to make instructional and programmatic decisions.
Upcoming Required State Assessments
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Illinois Science Assessment
The assessments for freshmen and sophomores will provide an opportunity to experience a pre-SAT test prior to taking the SAT their junior year. The PSAT 8/9 and PSAT 10 tests will be administered on April 14 and start at 8 a.m. and end at approximately 11:15 am. Juniors will take the SAT, a college entrance examination that is required in order for a student to graduate from an Illinois high school. The SAT Test will be administered on April 13 and will start at 8 a.m. and end at approximately 1 p.m.
Students with documented testing accommodations will receive information regarding testing times, and transportation for those who qualify closer to the test date.
Regular classes will not be in session on April 13 or April 14. Seniors are excused from attending school on these days. Morning bus routes remain unchanged. Bus transportation will be provided for bus riders who are participating in regular and accommodated testing.
All juniors in the State of Illinois are also required to take the Illinois Science Assessment (ISA), and will be given on a regular school day, April 6. Further information regarding the ISA will be communicated as test date approaches.
Please note that students with IEPs or 504 Plans may have alternate testing arrangements which could include testing on both days. Testing arrangements for students with accommodations will be communicated in the near future.
D99 SAT Testing Days - April 13-14
- What SAT assessments does District 99 administer?
- Are students required to take the test?
- Is the SAT that District 99 will give to juniors considered an "official" assessment?
- Do colleges and universities in the Midwest accept the SAT?
- Can students send their scores directly to a college or university?
Format of the SAT
- Has the SAT changed over the years?
- What information is included on the SAT?
- Are students penalized for guessing on the SAT?
- What scores will students receive?
SAT vs. ACT
Strategies for Test Taking
- What resources are available to students to prepare for the SAT?
- How many times should a student take the SAT or ACT?
- What test prep companies does D99 recommend?
District 99 administers the suite of SAT assessments to all District 99 freshmen, sophomores and juniors. Freshmen take the PSAT 8/9, sophomores take the PSAT 10 and juniors take the SAT. View information about the SAT suite of assessments here.
All students are automatically registered to take these assessments through District 99. Students do not need to take any other action to register.
Yes. All juniors in the state of Illinois are required to take the SAT test.
Yes. The SAT that juniors will take at school for free is an official test with essay. Students can use this score when applying to colleges; students may send their score to up to four colleges. They will select which colleges during their English classes, before the SAT is administered. NOTE: Although the scores will appear on the student’s transcript, many colleges/universities require an official score report directly from CollegeBoard. Please check with each college/university on their requirements.
Visit the College Board website for details about other testing dates, which are available at the student’s expense.
Yes. All colleges and universities in the U.S. will accept results from either the SAT or the ACT.
Yes. For free, students can send up to four score reports from the school-administered SAT test to the colleges of their choice. All juniors will receive time in their English class to complete this portion of the SAT ahead of time, and select where to send their scores. Students must select which schools to send the report three weeks before or up to nine days after the test.
The new SAT was administered for the first time in March 2016. The new SAT is aligned to the New Illinois Learning Standards and is very different from the old SAT. Read more about these changes here.
The SAT includes two sections comprised of three tests: Evidence Based Reading, Math, Writing & Language and an optional essay. (The essay will be part of the school-administered test.)
- Evidence Based Reading is made up of passages or pairs of passages (literature, historical documents, social sciences, and natural sciences).
- Math is based on content in the strands of algebra, advanced algebra, geometry, statistics and some trigonometry. District 99’s integrated math curriculum prepares students for the compilation of this math content.
- Writing & Language is based on grammar, vocabulary in context, and editing skills.
- The essay is based on a passage and students explain how the author builds a persuasive argument.
For detailed information, see the College Board website here.
No. Students are not penalized for guessing on the SAT.
Students will receive a total score that ranges between 400 and 1600. There are two section Scores, Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (200-800) and Math (200-800). In addition, students will receive cross-test scores and various subscores. See the College Board website to understand more about the score structure.
It is a good idea for students to take a practice test for the ACT to determine whether the SAT or ACT assessment might be the best fit. Practicing will allow students to understand the types of questions each assessment covers as well as the time allotted for responding. You may find that you perform better on one test versus the other. Remember, colleges and universities will accept either the SAT or ACT.
One major benefit of the SAT suite of assessments is the customized instruction that students receive. Free practice resources are available through Khan Academy. A student will need to link their College Board account with Khan Academy.
- Resources for students to prepare include:
- Being present and paying close attention in class
- Finding out what questions you'll see on the SAT (check here)
- Taking SAT Practice on Khan Academy (check here)
- Simulating test day by taking a practice test (check here)
- Downloading the free practice app called “Daily Practice SAT,” for iPhone and Android devices (view info and to download here)
This decision is best made by the individual student and family. For most students, three times is about the maximum between the start of the junior year and the middle of the senior year. In some special cases, four times may be needed, but that should be the exception.