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EXPLORE - The EXPLORE® program is designed to help eighth and ninth graders explore a broad range of options for their future. It prepares students not only for their high school coursework but for their post–high school choices as well.

PLAN - The PLAN® program helps 10th graders build a solid foundation for future academic and career success and provides information needed to address school districts' high-priority issues. It is a comprehensive guidance resource that helps students measure their current academic development, explore career/training options, and make plans for the remaining years of high school and post-graduation years.

ACT - The ACT® test assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work.
·   The multiple-choice tests cover four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science.
·   The Writing Test, which is optional, measures skill in planning and writing a short essay.

PSAE – The Prairie State Achievement Examination is a state-mandated test as well as a graduation requirement that will be given to all junior students. The test assesses student progress toward meeting the Illinois learning standards in three subjects: reading, mathematics, and science. The tests for these subjects are constructed using three components: (1) Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)-developed test materials, (2) the Act Assessment, and (3) two Work Keys Assessments developed by ACT. The exam will be given in April.

PSAT- The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT®. It also gives you a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools.

SAT – Scholastic Aptitude Test -a college admissions test measuring verbal and mathematics ability, is used primarily by West Coast, West Coast, and highly selective schools. It is offered seven Saturdays throughout the year for juniors and seniors. Registration is done directly with SAT.
Some colleges require tests in particular subjects. Check with your college(s) of interest to see specifically which, if any, of the SAT II tests they require for admissions. The SAT II: Subject Tests are one hour long and are offered on five of the SAT dates during the year. A maximum of three may be taken on the same date. Registration is done directly with SAT and there is a charge for each of the tests.

AP – Advanced Placement Test - The tests are offered to qualified students who want to earn college credit. The Educational Testing Service offers these exams on our campus in May. In order to be properly qualified for an AP test, enrollment in that subject’s AP class here at Joliet West is strongly recommended. There is a charge for each test taken.

ASVAB – Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery - is provided free of charge to juniors and seniors on during the school day. This test helps to assess aptitude and to predict performance in academic and occupational areas. It allows one to make tentative career choices. All students and not just those selecting a military career should consider this test.

COMPASS - The COMPASS is an entrance test only for students contemplating enrollment at Joliet Junior College.

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