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The Academy administers standardized testing to students beginning in the second grade to ensure student academic progress in the younger grades and monitor college readiness in later levels.
Comprehensive Testing Program
(Grades Two to Six)
Beginning in grade two, the Academy uses the Comprehensive Testing Program (CTP), a battery of tests administered by the Educational Record Bureau (ERB), to assess the Lower School curriculum and how its students compare to those at other independent schools. The CTP test data is also used to identify areas of weakness of individual students as well as the school and guide individual educational plans for students. These tests are administered in the fall and measure verbal and quantitative reasoning and achievement in the areas of vocabulary, reading comprehension, writing mechanics, writing concepts and skills and mathematics.
(Grades Seven and Eight)
ReadiStep measures skills students need to be on track for success as they transition to High School and is administered to the Academy’s seventh and eighth graders. This test data provides valuable insight into each student’s academic progress and aids educators in tailoring their curriculum programs to address areas of improvement. ReadiStep is the first step on the College Board’s College Readiness Pathway, which is an integrated series of assessments that includes the PSAT/NMSQT and the SAT. And, like its counterpart tests, it measures skills students need to be on track for success not only on the secondary level, but in college and careers as well. The ReadiStep is administered at the Academy in the fall.
PSAT/National Merit Scholar Qualifying Test
(Grades Nine to 11)
The PSAT/National Merit Scholar Qualifying Test (NMSQT) is a multiple-choice test taken by about 3.5 million high school students every year in grades nine to 11. In conjunction with the ReadiStep and SAT, the PSAT/NMSQT assists educators assess and promote college readiness. The PSAT, which is administered at the Academy in the fall, evaluates critical reading, mathematics and writing skills students need in college and beyond. An excellent practice test for the SAT and ACT, it provides detailed feedback on college readiness and skills. Results from the PSAT taken during junior year, are used as the qualifying marks for the National Merit Scholarships.
SAT and ACT
The SAT, SAT Subject Tests and ACT are designed to assess a student’s academic readiness for college. Almost all four-year colleges and universities in the United States use these tests to make admissions decisions and require applicants to take one of these. The SAT and SAT Subject Tests provide a path to opportunities, financial support and scholarships and are on par with the skills colleges look for in prospective students today, measuring those required for success on the post-secondary level. The SAT assesses student knowledge of reading, writing and mathematics and is an indicator of what a student knows and how they apply that knowledge. Like the SAT, the ACT is another admissions examination that assesses student’s academic readiness for college and consists of subject-area tests in English, reading, mathematics and science. The ACT Plus Writing includes the four subject-area tests, plus a 30-minute writing test. The SAT and ACT are offered several times a year, and the Academy’s college counselor encourages students to take the test during the spring of their junior year through the fall of their senior year.