Assessments

In addition to assessments they take in class, students take standardized tests as ways to track their learning and give teachers valuable information. Wednesday, April 5, 2017 will be an all-school Testing Day at District 99. Please view the video (click here) or read the FAQ below for details.

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. Click here for a list of all D99 assessments

FAQ About the SAT Suite of Assessments at District 99

D99 Testing Day - April 5, 2017

Format of the SAT

SAT vs. ACT

Strategies for Test Taking

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What tests will be administered on April 5?

District 99 will administer the suite of SAT assessments to all District 99 freshmen, sophomores and juniors on April 5. Freshmen will take the PSAT 8/9, sophomores will take the PSAT 10 and juniors will take the SAT. Click here for information about the SAT suite of assessments. Seniors will be excused from school on Testing Day.

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Are students required to take the test? 

Yes. All juniors in the state of Illinois are required to take the SAT test.

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Is the SAT that District 99 will administer to juniors considered an "official" assessment?

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. NOTE: The score that appears on a student's transcript is not considered an official report of the score.

Visit the College Board website for details about other testing dates, which are available at the student’s expense.

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Do colleges and universities in the Midwest accept the SAT?

Yes. All colleges and universities in the U.S. will accept results from either the SAT or the ACT.

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Can students send their scores directly to a college or university?

Yes. For free, students can send up to four score reports from the school-administered SAT test to the colleges of their choice. Students must select which schools to send the report three weeks before or up to nine days after the test.

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Has the SAT changed over the years?

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. Click here to read more about these changes.

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What information is included on the SAT?

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, please click here to see the College Board website.

   

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Are students penalized for guessing on the SAT?

No. Students are not penalized for guessing on the SAT.

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What scores will students receive?

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.  To understand more about the score structure, please click here.

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Will my student's SAT score appear on his/her transcript?

Yes, your student's SAT test score will appear on his/her transcript as required by the state of Illinois.

 

 


As a junior, I'm required to take the SAT at school, but should I also take the ACT?

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.

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What resources are available to prepare for the SAT?

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 (click here)
  • Taking SAT Practice on Khan Academy (click here)
  • Simulating test day by taking a practice test (click here)
  • Downloading the free practice app called “Daily Practice SAT,” for iPhone and Android devices (click here for info and to download)

Daily Practice SAT:SAT Practice

 
 

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How many times should a student take the SAT or ACT?

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.

 

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What test prep companies does D99 recommend?

District 99 does not endorse private test prep companies. As a convenience, some test prep information is available on the North (click here) and South (click here) websites. 

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