Testing: STAAR, PSAT, SAT, ACT, TSI, AP, and CLEP
STAAR (State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness)
All students, grades 9-12, will take 5 STAAR End of Course (EOC) tests in order to graduate. The 5 EOC tests are English 1, English 2, Algebra 1, Biology and US History. The EOC tests are not tied to a grade level; instead, they are to be taken after a specific course is completed. The EOC tests replace the TAKS test, formerly required for graduation.
College Entrance Exams
SAT and ACT are standardized college entrance exams required by all 4 year schools. Students’ scores are used by college admission offices to determine if they are ready to handle the course work at their university. Students should be preparing to take these exams during the spring of their Junior Year.
PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) is a standardized test that measures developed verbal, mathematical, and writing reasoning abilities important for college success. The test is only offered in October (no make-up sessions) and LISD pays for all sophomores to take the test. Although Juniors must pay to take the exam, we strongly encourage them to sign-up for the test. All students who take the test will receive an access code for My College QuickStart when results are distributed. This site gives a personalized online PSAT report, personalized SAT study plan, and an interactive college, major, and career search.
TSI (Texas Success Initiative) is required if you are enrolling as a student in any Texas public community, technical college, or university. Students must take the TSI before enrolling in college courses unless you are exempt. Testing is done at any Texas, public, college. There are exemptions from the TSI administration. Please direct questions for exemption to the University you are looking to attend.
College Testing Accomodations for 504 & Special Education Students
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Tests for College Credit
AP (Advanced Placement) tests are administered at Hebron each spring. The exams are scored on a five-point scale with five being the highest. A score of 3 or higher may be used as a DAP measure.
CLEP (College Level Examination Programs) provides another opportunity for students to earn college credit for what they have already learned. Students can sign-up for CLEP exams at most universities and college testing centers.