The Counseling Department offers students various testing programs. Students are required by law to take the state-mandated student achievement test. Since this test is considered important, the results will be placed on the student's permanent record card. The state also mandates that all students take the AIMS test. Students who are planning to enter college are offered the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying test (PSAT/NMSQT). Both sophomores and juniors are encouraged to take this test, the purpose of which is twofold: first, the student learns how he/she compares in verbal and mathematical knowledge with national competition; and second, when taken during the junior year, the student automatically competes for qualification in the National Merit Scholarship Program. For more information, see your student's counselor.
Most colleges and universities in the United States require the results of an entrance examination before the student is admitted.
In Arizona, the state universities accept the result of either the American College Test (ACT) or the College Board (SAT). In the case of out-of-state institutions, the student should check to see which examination is preferred. This information is available by corresponding with the college or by consulting with a school counselor. Seniors are advised to schedule one or both of these tests as early as possible during their senior year if they did not take the test at the end of their junior year. Juniors and certain sophomores can benefit by taking the tests as well. If students have a question as to which test to take, they should consult with a school counselor.
ACT Test Website
SAT Test Website