Test Information 2021-22      

 

Each year, we gather information on student's performance through a variety of assessments. These vary by grade level and by type of test. 

 

Students in grades K-2: Although these students do not participate in CMAS at the end of the year, their progress in reading and math are monitored throughout the year, including the STAR reading assessment. 

Students in grades 3-8: NWEA MAPS tests are a flexible assessment given in reading, math, and language use up to three times annually. Student performance and growth are both scored. 

CMAS: students in these grade levels will complete the end-of-year state test in English Language Arts and Math. Some grade levels also complete a cummulative Science test.

Students in grades 9-10: 9th grade students also participate in NWEA MAPS tests up to three times per year to monitor progress. Additionally, 9th and 10th grade students take the PSAT9/PSAT10 respectively.

Students in grade 11: 11th grade students take the SAT and CMAS: Science. Additionally, students take the ASVAB as one of the graduation qualifying tests. 

 

Students who speak a language other than English at home may be administered the WIDA assessment around January/February. 

 

Questions about testing?

Please contact Janessa Torrey, District Assessment Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Spring 2022 Testing Schedule

CMAS: English Language Arts, Math, and Science (Grades 3-8)

  • Testing dates: TBA
  • What should I bring? Two sharpened pencils, a water bottle, and a reading book. Calculators will be provided if needed.

 

SAT and PSAT testing: 

PSAT (Grades 9-10):

  • Testing dates: TBA
  • Make-up testing window: TBA

SAT (Grade 11):

  • Testing date: TBA
  • Make-up test: TBA

NWEA MAPs testing is given 3 times a year, grades 3-9.  You can find out more about these tests at:https://www.nwea.org/the-map-suite/family-toolkit/

CMAS testing PRACTICE:  Do you have testing anxiety?   You may want to check out these resources:  

This link is helpful for students to visit so they get used to seeing the questions, how they are worded and how they are set up within the test.
 

SAT/PSAT

 Are you a full time student?   Are you a part time student, and part time home school student?   DON'T WORRY!!   The district registers you for the test and pays for it.   

 

"What about the optional essay?" you may ask.   There will be a letter sent home, and will need to be signed and returned a month ahead of the deadline.  While this is not a "must do", it may be worth doing if you are planning on going to a college that will look at it.   

FULL TIME HOMESCHOOL STUDENTS: if you are a full time home school student, you need to register yourself, and unfortunatly the cost is your responsibility.  

 

SAT/PSAT practice test questions:   Do you have testing anxiety? Check out the practice questions!
It is also highly recommended that students sign up for and use the Khan Academy test prep. It is free and aligned with the actual SAT questions. They collaborate directly with the College Board, makers of the SAT and PSAT:  https://www.khanacademy.org/test-prep/sat
 
More Helpful information regarding the SAT/PSAT:

 

The SAT is broken up into three sections consisting of four tests and an optional fourth section, the SAT Essay. The total time for the SAT is 180 minutes, not including breaks, and the SAT Essay is 50 minutes.

  • Reading: 65-minute section with 52 questions (75 seconds per question)
  • Writing and Language: 35-minute section with 44 questions (about 48 seconds per question)
  • Math – No Calculator: 25-minute section with 20 questions (75 seconds per question)
  • Math – Calculator: 55-minute section with 38 questions (about 87 seconds per question)
  • Essay (optional): 50 minutes, one essay

How Many Breaks Are There During the SAT?

There are several breaks built into the SAT schedule. The first is a 10-minute break between the Reading Test and the Writing and Language Test. Later, there's a 5-minute break between the two Math Tests. Finally, if you’re taking the SAT Essay or if your test has an additional 20-minute section, you’ll get a 2-minute break after the Math Test – Calculator.

When Does the SAT Start?

Test center doors open at 7:45 a.m. on test day and close at 8 a.m. Once students are in their testing room, the proctor will collect all electronic devices and backpacks and check to make sure all calculators are approved for the SAT. Some extra time may be needed so students can add the SAT Essay on-site. After all students are seated, checked in, and ready to begin the test, the proctor distributes the test materials and reads the preliminary instructions. The test begins between 8:30 and 9 a.m., based on how long these steps take.

How Do I Know How Much Time I Have Left?

The proctor will announce during different sections how much time remains. The timing of the first announcement depends on the length of that section but comes at roughly the halfway point. A second warning is given with 5 minutes remaining. Once time is up, you’ll hear that classic line: “Please stop work and put your pencil down.”

The proctor will also post the exact time each test section started and ended, and exactly when the test will resume after any breaks.

Why Was There a 5th Section On the SAT?

Your SAT test may contain an additional 20-minute section. We occasionally pre-test new test items to determine if they should be used on future SAT test forms. Pre-test items can appear in any section and are not included in computing students’ scores. This means that test time is extended by 20 minutes for students taking both the SAT and the SAT with Essay. If there will be a fifth section, the test center supervisor will share instructions before the test begins.

Can I bring my cell phone or other electronic devices to this test?

Absolutely not! Please leave all devices (smart watches included) in your locker or at home. Unfortunately, if you use your phone or other device (that has not been pre-approved), your test will be marked as void and you will have to retake the test on your own time and at your own expense.

 

When Is the SAT Over?

The release time for students taking the SAT will vary slightly by test center or even by room in a test center. The main sections take 3 hours and students are given 15 minutes for breaks, and there’s setup time before the test can begin and time to explain the instructions before each section. Some students will take the SAT Essay, which lasts an additional 50 minutes.  Your test may also include a 20-minute extra section to test questions for future SAT tests.  Students taking the SAT with no Essay should finish around 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. and students taking the SAT with Essay should finish between 1 and 1:30 p.m. This will vary for students with approved accommodations.

Once the test is complete and all test booklets turned in, the proctor will return all electronic devices and backpacks.

Other Factors

Travel Time – Figure out travel time to your test center, and make sure you can be there before the doors close at 8 a.m. on test day.

Special Accommodations – Students with specific needs due to medical conditions or other circumstances may request either extended or more frequent breaks or extra testing time for each section ahead of the test date. Coordinate with the assessment coordinator if you think you qualify.

Additional SAT Test Day Information

Access more information on https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/taking-the-test/what-to-expect , so there won't be any surprises to delay you or your fellow test takers. Don’t forget to bring a valid ID, No. 2 pencils, and an acceptable calculator (please see: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/taking-the-test/calculator-policy)– use our test day checklist (https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/taking-the-test/test-day-checklist) as a reminder of everything you need. And remember, the proctor will hold your electronic devices until the test is over.