Regional School District 13

135A Pickett Lane, Durham, CT 06422 | 860.349.7200

Assessment Links

Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT)


The SAT and SAT Subject Tests are a suite of tools designed to assess your academic readiness for college. These exams provide a path to opportunities, financial support and scholarships, in a way that's fair to all students. The SAT and SAT Subject Tests keep pace with what colleges are looking for today, measuring the skills required for success in the 21st century.


  From http://sat.collegeboard.org/about-tests


See your Guidance Counselor for more information.


To access the CollegeBoard Website click here.

American College Testing (ACT) Test

The ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in:
English Mathematics Reading Science

The ACT Plus Writing includes the four subject area tests plus a 30-minute Writing Test.

ACT results are accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the U.S.

The ACT includes 215 multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete, including a short break (or just over four hours if you are taking the ACT Plus Writing). Actual testing time is 2 hours and 55 minutes (plus 30 minutes if you are taking the ACT Plus Writing).

The ACT is administered on six test dates within the United States, U.S. territories, Puerto Rico, and Canada—September, October, December, February, April, and June. In other locations, the ACT is administered on all of the above dates except September, and the ACT Plus Writing is not available on the February test date.

The basic registration fee includes score reports for up to four college choices, if you list valid codes when you register.

The ACT tests are prepared according to the:

  • Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing, American Educational Research Association, American Psychological Association, and National Council on Measurement in Education (1999).
  • Code of Professional Responsibilities in Educational Measurement, National Council on Measurement in Education (1995).
  • Code of Fair Testing Practices in Education, Joint Committee on Testing Practices (2004)

From http://www.actstudent.org/faq/what.html

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Advanced Placement (AP)

Advanced Placement (AP) courses can help students acquire the skills and habits they will need to be successful in college. They help to improve writing skills, sharpen problem-solving abilities, and develop time management skills, discipline, and study habits. 

Most four-year colleges in the United States and colleges in more than 60 other countries give students credit, advanced placement or both on the basis of AP Exam scores. By entering college with AP credits, students have the time to move into upper level courses, pursue a double-major or study abroad.

From: www.collegeboard/apc

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To access the College-Board AP Central website click here



National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

In February 2013, Fourth and twelfth graders in Region 13 will be participating in the NAEP testing.

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas. Assessments are conducted periodically in mathematics, reading, science, writing, the arts, civics, economics, geography, U.S. history, and beginning in 2014, in Technology and Engineering Literacy (TEL).

Since NAEP assessments are administered uniformly using the same sets of test booklets across the nation, NAEP results serve as a common metric for all states and selected urban districts. The assessment stays essentially the same from year to year, with only carefully documented changes. This permits NAEP to provide a clear picture of student academic progress over time.

As NAEP moves into computer-based assessments, the assessment administration will remain uniform, continuing the importance of NAEP as a common metric.

From http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/about/


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Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC)

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) is a state-led consortium working to develop next-generation assessments that accurately measure student progress toward college- and career-readiness. Smarter Balanced is one of two multistate consortia awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Education in 2010 to develop an assessment system aligned to the Common Core State Standards by the 2014-15 school year.

From http://www.smarterbalanced.org/about/

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