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 are required for graduation.
College Entrance Exams
The SAT and ACT are standardized, objective tests that are required for entrance into four-year colleges and universities. Your scores show colleges how ready you are to handle the work at their institutions and how your skills compare with other applicants. As a high school Junior, you should be preparing to take these exams during the spring of your Junior year or at the latest, fall of your Senior year.
SAT II - (Also known as SAT Subject Tests) tests are required at many competitive colleges. Check with the individual admissions office at the colleges to see if SAT Subject tests are required or admittance. The subject tests measure knowledge and skills in a particular subject.
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 they pickup their results. This site gives a personalized online PSAT report, personalized SAT study plan, and an interactive college, major, and career search.
College Testing Accomodations for 504 & Special Education Students
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TSI (Texas Success Initiative)
TSI measures the ability of students, as indicated by their skills in Reading, Writing and Math, to do college-level course work. Students attending in any Texas public college or university must take the TSI before enrolling in college courses (including dual credit). There are exemptions from the TSI testing depending on ACT, SAT, or EOC scores. Please direct questions for exemption to the college or university you are looking to attend.