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The Advanced Placement Program offers an exam at the completion of an AP course. Each college and university has different AP policies. Check with the school on what score is needed in order to receive college credit.

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PSAT is a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT. It also gives students a chance to enter National MeritScholarship (NMSQT) if taken during a student's junior year and gain access to college and career planning tools.

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The ASVAB or Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery Test (ASVAB) is a timed multiple-aptitude test that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military. Your scores in four critical areas -- Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension and Mathematics Knowledge -- count towards your Armed Forces Qualifying Test (AFQT) score. The AFQT score determines whether you're qualified to enlist in the U.S. military.

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The English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) is the mandated state test for determining English language proficiency (ELP). It is administered as an initial assessment to newly enrolled students whose primary language is not English, as indicated on a home language survey; and, annually, as a summative assessment to students who have been previously identified as EL students. For more information, please refer to the ELPAC Information Guide 2022-23 (DOCX) Link to external site.
The general and Alternate ELPAC are aligned with the 2012 California English Language Development Standards (2012 ELD Standards) (PDF) Link to external site. The Alternate ELPAC is aligned through the English Language Development Connectors (ELD Connectors) (DOCX) Link to external site.
The general and Alternate ELPAC are delivered via a computer-based test delivery platform. The general ELPAC has four domains (Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing) which are administered on computer except for the Writing domain for kindergarten through grade two, which will remain as a paper-based test. The Alternate ELPAC has two communication modes: expressive (Speaking and Writing) and receptive (Listening and Reading).

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Both the SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) and the ACT (American College Testing) are used for college admissions and can also be used for placement in college courses such as English and mathematics. 

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The ACT consists of five sections: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science, and Writing (writing is optional but required by the UC system). Typically done in the Spring of junior year and, if needed, students retest in the Fall of senior year.

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The SAT tests the reading, writing and math skills that you learn in school. Typically done in the Spring of junior year and, if needed, students retest in the Fall of senior year.

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The SBAC or Summative Assessments are comprehensive assessments of grade-level learning that measure progress toward college and career readiness. Each test, English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics is comprised of two parts: (1) a computer adaptive test and (2) a performance task. The Summative Assessments are aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and are completed in the 11th grade.