Exams in High School

  • There are several exams high schoolers take throughout their time at Lakeville North High School. These include college entrance exams such as the ACT or SAT, Advanced Placement (AP®) exams for college credit, PSAT, and state-issued MCAs, just to name a few. On this page, you will see information about all of these exams, including preparation resources, registration deadlines, and exam schedules.

ACT (American College Test)

  • The ACT college entrance test is available for all students in grades 10-12, but commonly taken the junior year in high school. It is considered the “universal college entrance exam” throughout the Midwest area and a curriculum-based test. Students may take this test several times and continue to improve their scores, typically up through the fall of their senior high school year. Students register for this test through the ACT web site. This test is taken at a designated high school, and it assesses students in reading, math, english and science subjects.

    When registering for ACT, be sure of all test dates, registration deadlines, and location changes due to restrictions for the pandemic. Please check exam dates and locations on the ACT website. 

    ACT Details:

    Grade Levels Tested: Grades 10-12
    Required Test to Graduate: No
    College Entrance Exam: Yes, score used for admissions and scholarships

    Test Registration: ACT.org
    Lakeville North High School Code: #241325

    Test Results: Notification email sent to students from ACT (approx. 2 weeks later)

    ACT Preparation

    An ACT Test Prep Booklet is available on the ACT website. It is a free student preparation booklet and includes test information, complete practice tests with scoring keys, and a writing prompt. The booklet can be viewed and downloaded on the ACT Student Test prep website.

    ACT Testing Dates

Advanced Placement (AP) Testing

  • The College Board AP exams are typically offered to students who have participated in high school Advanced Placement (AP) Program classes. However, AP exams can also be taken by any student who has taken strong courses, studied in-depth, or has a sufficient background in any of the subject areas. Students who complete AP classes demonstrate their mastery of subjects by qualifying grades on an AP exam.

    Individual colleges and universities have AP credit-granting and/or placement policies. If students earn a qualifying grade on an AP Exam, students may receive credit for the equivalent course at participating colleges and universities. Some colleges, states, and organizations consider AP Examination grades as contributing criteria for the awarding of scholarships and grants.

     

    AP Exam Details

    Required Test: No, and is not a course class requirement. The score used for possible college accepted credits Exam 

    Preparation: Assistance by course instructor and College Board

    Exam Results: Email from College Board to each tested student (approx. Aug.)

    College Board AP Exam Fees

    A separate payment is required for each test. Due to the test-ordering deadline, no late registrations will be accepted and no test will be ordered for anyone not paying the fee by the deadline. The registration payment is non-refundable after the registration deadline. Students should register/pay for each exam they wish to take this year. Students will be made aware of the Pre-Administration process for the exams which is done in their AP class through CollegeBoard. Students' testing classrooms will be posted on their Infinite Campus class schedules approximately a week before the exams in May.

     

    Semester 1 AP exam fees are due by October 29, 2021 3pm. Each exam is $65 and must be paid in order to take the exam. Students will order their test in their AP class with their teacher, but parents must go online with LNHS, go into their Infinite Campus account and pay each exam fee. There are NO refunds available.

    Step One:  Student orders exam with their AP teacher in class through CollegeBoard using their AP account

    Step Two:  Parents go into their LNHS Infinite Campus Account, School Store and pay for each exam ordered 

     

    Infinite Campus AP Exams Payment:

    • Log into LNHS parent Infinite Campus Portal, School Store, LNHS (on the left column)  
    • Click on the SHOP button on the school (LNHS) where you want to make a purchase
    • Click on the VIEW button on the item you wish to purchase. A panel displays the item's details
    • Select the OPTIONS and the QUANTITY if acceptable
    • Select the RECIPIENT
    • Click ADD to CART
    • Select MY CART
    • Select the Payment Method you wish to use and ENTER and email address for receipt (optional)
    • Select SUBMIT Payment

     

     

    Exam Day

    On AP exam days, students will need to report to their assigned classroom NO LATER than 15 minutes before the exam begins. NO LATE student entry will be allowed into the testing room, and no early dismissals from testing are allowed by College Board.  For all morming exams, students should report to their assigned rooms by 7:30am.  For afternoon exams, all students should report to their assigned room by 11:30am. Students taking morning exams will have lunch after testing. Students testing in the afternoons, should attend "A" lunch and then report to their afternoon exam room.

     

Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)

  • The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test is given to all juniors and is a multiple aptitude test that helps students identify, understand and organize information about their interests, skills, work-related values and how students can develop and achieve future career goals. This test is offered to all high schools nationwide by armed services and does not involve passing or failing. Results will not be released to recruiting military services. Results will be used for career exploration and post-secondary planning.

    ASVAB Details

    Grade Levels Tested: 11th grade (Optional)

    Test Location:  Lakeville SOUTH High School 

    Test Preparation: Not required

    Test Date & Times:  November 1, 2021 
     

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA)

  • The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) are an evaluation in reading, written composition, and mathematics. Students must pass these tests in order to graduate from a public high school in Minnesota. They must obtain a satisfactory score on each of the tests (Reading, Math, Science, Written Composition). The MCA's are the State tests that help districts measure student progress toward Minnesota’s academic standards and meet the requirements of No Child Left Behind. They are used to determine whether schools and districts have made adequate yearly progress toward all students being proficient in Reading, Math, and Writing.

    Testing Coordinator

    Cary Zahn (Dean of Students)
    Cary.Zahn@isd194.org

     

     

    MCA Testing Dates 2022

    Reading Grade 10 -   April 11 - 14, 2022

    Math Grade 11 -   April 18 - 22, 2022

    Science Grade 10 -     April 25 - 29, 2022

     

Preliminary Student Achievement Test (PSAT/NMSQT)

  • The College Board PSAT test is available for typically Junior students in order to potentially qualifly for the National Merit Program and Scholarships. Students are encouraged to take the exam if they have a GPA of 3.8 or higher. It can be taken as a Sophomore as a practice test for the SAT college entrance exam, or as a practice test for their Junior year PSAT exam. (The SAT college entrance test score is typically needed for colleges that are located outside the Midwest area, this is not an ACT practice test)

    Sophomores who take the PSAT will still need to take the test again as a Junior to qualify for the National Merit Program. 

    This exam is not a college entrance exam and it is an optional test.

     

    PSAT Details

    Required Test: Optional (suggested for Junior students with GPA of 3.8 and higher

    Test Preparation: Collegeboard.com 

    Test Results: CollegeBoard emails students to view their CollegeBoard account for results

    Test Date & Times

    October 16th, 2021 (7:30am-11:00 a.m.) Saturday AT Lakeville SOUTH High School

    All students should report to Lakevile SOUTH High School for their testing room assignment by 7:15am on Saturday, October 16, 2021. No late students are admitted to testing rooms and there is no make-up testing date. 

    Please bring pencils (not mechanical) and a normal math calculator used in classes. No food, drink allow during testing. We recommend cell phones be left at home.

     

    PSAT 2021-22 Information

     

     

    PSAT Registering Payment  DUE  by October 1, 2021, 3pm

    The PSAT test is available for typically Junior students for eligibility in the National Merit Program and Scholarship. However, it can be taken as a Sophomore as a practice test for the SAT college entrance exam, or as a practice test for their Junior year PSAT exam. Sophomores who take the PSAT will still need to take the test again as a Junior to qualify for the National Merit Program Scholarships. NO refunds are availableThis is not a college entrance exam, and is optional.

    2022 ---Report to LSHS Sat., Oct. 16, 7:15-7:30am for room assignments.

    10th & 11th grade students (suggested GPA above a 3.8) who wish to take the PSAT test need to register with their payment using their Infinite Campus account. The cost is $30. This is a non-school test day, so students must secure their own transportation. NO refunds will be granted and all registation is due by October 1, 3pm

     

    Infinite Campus PSAT Registration-Payment:

    • Log into a parent LNHS Infinite Campus Portal, School Store (on the left column)  
    • Click on the SHOP button on the school (LNHS) where you want to make a purchase
    • Click on the VIEW button on the item you wish to purchase. A panel displays the item's details
    • Select the OPTIONS and the QUANTITY if acceptable
    • Select the RECIPIENT
    • Click ADD to CART
    • Select MY CART
    • Select the Payment Method you wish to use and ENTER and email address for receipt (optional)
    • Select SUBMIT Payment

     

    Practice with College Board

    Taking an official practice test is a great way to simulate test day. Plus, you can score your own practice test and learn from your mistakes. Also, there is a Student Practice booklet available in the LNHS Career Center.

             

     

    Sample Questions

    Get to know the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 with these sample questions.

SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test)

  • The SAT college entrance test is taken by students before entering a college or university that is typically located outside of the Midwest area. Students should check college websites for entrance exam testing and admission requirements. This test measures critical thinking, analyzing problems in math, reading, and writing. Students sign up for this test through College Board. The SAT Subject tests measure a specific academic subject. These tests consist of five subjects: english, history, math, sciences, and languages. Some colleges require 2 or more subject test scores to be submitted with applications.

    SAT Details

    Grade Levels Tested: 10th- 12th grade
    Required Test to Graduate: No
    College Entrance Exam: Yes, score usually used for admission to coastal colleges and universities

    Test Registration: Collegeboard.org
    Lakeville North High School Code: #241 325

    Test Results: Email sent to student from CollegeBoard  (approx. 2 months)

     

    SAT Test Dates 

Free Practice Tests and Aides

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    Learning Express Library

    Learning Express offers information relating to high school classes, college preparation and career planning. Visit the website to research colleges, assist with high school learning and college entrance exams. Prepare for exams in social work, medical, air traffic, civil service, military, culinary, etc. all types of jobs. There is job and career accelerator aides which assist with career exploration, job search, resumes', internships, and scholarships. Learning Express assists with preparing for ACT, PSAT, SAT, and AP exams. They have websites pages complete with high school class improvement aides. It offers aides in several subjects such as Science, Math, English, Computer and much more! Visit the website for complete information: Learning Express 

Minnesota Career Information Systems (MCIS)

  • MCIS establilshes students' own portfolios. It creates students' own high school career class plans, college search informtation, free college entrance testing and practices, scholarships, career resume's and more! Students will use this account through their Gmail sign in, Clever, and have access to their information. MCIS is used for each grade level's LNHS Opportunities Day event each year. If students cannot access their account they should come to the Career Center for their account information.

    MCIS Login