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Java Programming Classes will cover the following in about topics with lessons and exercises:

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Scratch training is offered at two levelsÂ – BASIC and ADVANCED.

Each level has 15 sessions – of 1 hour each.

Students will cover the following during the 15 sessions:

- Learn the basics of logic and algorithms
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- Learn to make interactive animation
- Learn to make simple games
- Learn to debug a Scratch program
- Learn to add new functions
- Learn to make advanced games (in advanced course only)
- Learn to make specialized Human machine interface (in advanced course only)
- Learn to create their own blocks (in advanced course only)

The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development of problem-solving skills. The AMC 8 provides an opportunity for middle school students to develop positive attitudes towards analytical thinking and mathematics

The AMC 8 is for students in 8th grade and below, and covers the middle school curriculum up to 8th grade.

The AMC 10 and AMC 12 are both 25-question, 75-minute, multiple choice examinations in high school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills.

The AMC 10 is for students in 10th grade and below, and covers the high school curriculum up to 10th grade. Students in grade 10 or below and under 17.5 years of age on the day of the contest can take the AMC 10. The AMC 12 covers the entire high school curriculum including trigonometry, advanced algebra, and advanced geometry, but excluding calculus. Students in grade 12 or below and under 19.5 years of age on the day of the contest can take the AMC 12.

The **AMC 8** is in mid **November.**

The **AMC 10** and **AMC 12** are in early **February**.

The AMC is held in the local schools.Â Contact your school to find out if they hold the AMC test.

The **AMC 8** is a 25-question, **40-minute**, multiple choice examination in middle school mathematics.

The **AMC 10** and **AMC 12** are both 25-question, **75-minute**, multiple choice examinations in high school mathematics.

The AMC contests are held at local schools. So you need to check with your school for registering for the AMC.

For more information about the AMC, please visit :Â https://www.maa.org/math-competitions/about-amc

Every MATHCOUNTS competition consists of 4 roundsâ€”Sprint, Target, Team and Countdown Round.

**Sprint Round:** 40 minutes to solve 30 problems total and no calculators used. It focus on speed and accuracy.

**Target Round:**Â Approx. 30 minutes to solveÂ 8 problems total with calculators. ItÂ focus on problem solving and mathematical reasoning.

**Team Round:**Â 20 minutes to solveÂ 10 problems total withÂ calculators. ItÂ focus on problem solving and collaboration.

**Countdown Round:**Â Maximum of 45 seconds per problem andÂ no calculators used. ItÂ focus on speed and accuracy.

The Competition Series has 4 levels of competitionâ€”school, chapter, state and national. Hereâ€™s what a typical program year looks like.

Schools register in the fall and work with students during the year. Coaches administer the **School Competition**, usually in **January**.

Between 1 and 10 students from each school advance to the local **Chapter Competition**, which takes place in **February**.

Top students from each Chapter Competition advance to their **State Competition**, which takes place in **March**.

Top 4 individual competitors from each State Competition receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the **National Competition**, which takes place in **May**.

The MathCounts is held in the local schools.Â Contact your school to find out if they hold the MathCounts test.

The Competition Series has 4 levels of competitionâ€”school, chapter, state and national. Each level of competition is comprised of 4 roundsâ€”Sprint, Target, Team and Countdown Round. Altogether the rounds are designed to take **about 3 hours** to complete.

**Sprint Round**: focuses on speed and accuracy. Students have 40 minutes to complete 30 math problems without a calculator.**Target Round**: focuses on problem-solving and mathematical reasoning. Students receive 4 pairs of problems and have 6 minutes to complete each pair, assuming the use of a calculator.**Team Round**: focuses on problem-solving and collaboration. Students have 20 minutes to complete 10 math problems, assuming the use of a calculator.Â*Only the 4 students on a school’s team can take this round officially.***Countdown Round**: focuses on speed and accuracy. Students have a maximum of 45 seconds per problem without a calculator.

You can contact us at **Accel Learning** to try out a sample MathCounts test.

The MathCounts contests are held at local schools. So you need to check with your school for registering for the MathCounts.

For more information about the MathCounts, please visit :Â https://www.mathcounts.org/

The Math League test is essentially a speed math test.

The test is by Grade level starting from Grade 4 onward.

The questions are of varying levels of difficulty with the easy ones usually in the beginning of the test and the more difficult ones later in the test.

All Questions carry equal marks.

All questions are multiple choice with 4 options.

Calculators are optional in the test.

The Math League is held in the **end of February (from Grades 4 and 5) and mid April (for Grades 6 and above).**

The Math League is held at After school centers such as at **Accel Learning**. Check out the website of Math League to find the nearest center.

The Math League consists of a series of about 30-40 questions to be answered in **30Â minutes**.

You can contact us at **Accel Learning** to try out a sample Math League test.

The Math League contests are held at local schools as well as at After school centers such as at **Accel Learning**. So you need to check with your school or contact us for registering for the Math League.

Note, that you must register for the Math LeagueÂ **before December 31st**Â to participate in the following year.

For more information about the Math League, please visit :Â http://www.mathleague.com/

TheÂ Bergen Academies Entrance Test consists of Math and English.

**The English Test**

Students are given forty-five minutes to read a passage and write an essay response. The essay is scored using the following criteria: comprehension (shows understanding), insight (establishes a clear thesis), organization (paragraphs are structured properly and are in a logical sequence), support (supports the thesis with relevant facts from the passage), style (written in a clear, mature voice) and grammar/spelling.

**The Math Test**

The math test consists of 40 multiple choice questions for which students are given sixty minutes. The questions focus on basic math skills and word problems, with the first twenty being generally easier than the last twenty. Students who take algebra and geometry in middle school typically fare better on our entrance test.

Testing takes approximately **2 hours and 45 minutes**. Although the **Math test is 60 minutes** and the **English test is 45 minutes**, it takes time to seat all applicants, distribute testing materials, fill Scantron sheets and collect materials at the end of the test.

The entrance tests will occurs in **January – February each year.**

TheÂ Bergen County Academies do not release the scores of the entrance test, This is to avoid unnecessary competition. However, needless to say that these tests are evaluated based on a simple correct or in correct response to the questions. Any question that is unanswered is treated as in correct. There is no penalty for incorrectly answered questions.

For more information about theÂ Bergen Academies Entrance Exam, Please visit:Â http://bca-admissions.bergen.org

The Math Kangaroo tests are by grade pairs – so Grade 1 and 2 have the same test, Grades 3 and 4 have the same test and so on… up to grade 12.

The questions are of varying levels of difficulty. Many questions are more logic than math.

Questions are of 3 levels – ranging from 3 points (easy)Â to 4 points (medium) and 5 points (difficult).

All questions are multiple choice with 5 options.

Calculators are not allowed in the test.

The Math Kangaroo is held in the **middle ofÂ March each year.**

The Math Kangaroo is held at After school centers such as at **Accel Learning**. Check out the website of Math Kangaroo to find the nearest center.

The Math Kangaroo consists of a series of about 24 questions to be answered in **75 minutes**.

The Math Kangaroos are held at local schools as well as at After school centers such as at **Accel Learning**. So you need to check with your school or contact us for registering for the Math Kangaroo.

Note, that you must register for the Math KangarooÂ **before December 31st**Â to participate in March of the following year.

For more information about the Math Kangaroo, please visit : www.mathkangaroo.org/

The Math Olympiads consists of a series of 5 Math contests each with 5 questions.

The questions are of varying levels of difficulty. These questions can be from any topics from elementary to middle school math.

All questions are open ended – this means that there are no options.

Calculators are not allowed in the test.

The Math Olympiads consists of a series of 5 Math contests.

Each contest is held in each of the following months:

**November, December, January, February and March each year.**

The Math Olympiads are held at local schools as well as at After school centers such as at **Accel Learning**.

The Math Olympiads consists of a series of 5 Math contests each with 5 questions.

The duration of each round is **25 minutes** total. So the average time per question is 5 minutes.

The Math Olympiads are held at local schools as well as at After school centers such as at **Accel Learning**. So you need to check with your school or contact us for registering for the Math Olympiads.

Note, that you must register for the Math Olympiads **before October 30th** to participate in from November.

For more information about the Math Olympiads, please visit :Â http://www.moems.org/index.htm

The PSEG Tests contain questions on:

- Applied Arithmetic
- Assembling Objects
- Basic Mathematics
- Electrical Concepts Knowledge
- Figurative Reasoning
- Graphic Arithmetic
- Graphic Problem Solving
- Interpreting Diagrams
- Mathematical Usage
- Mechanical Concepts
- Numerical Reasoning
- Reading Comprehension
- Reading for Comprehension
- Reasoning from Rules
- Spelling/Grammar
- Verbal Reasoning

The PSEG Tests range from **30 minutes to 90 minutes**, depending on the test.

**2017 Schedule:Â **testing will occur in **January, February, May, August and November**

- Gas test on Saturday 2/11/17, 5/13/17, 8/12/17, 11/18/17
- CAST test on Saturday 2/11/17, 5/13/17, 8/12/17, 11/18/17
- Poss Mass test on Saturday 2/4/17, 5/6/17, 8/5/17, 11/4/17
- Tech test on SaturdayÂ 2/4/17, 5/6/17, 8/5/17, 11/4/17
- Customer Service test 1/30/17, 5/4/17, 9/20/17Â and TBD
- Meter Reader test 1/19/17, 4/6/17, 7/5/17 and 10/18/17

It is a simple Pass or not Pass scoring. You have to pass the test before being eligible for the next step of interview.

You can take the PSEG sample tests at any of our centers for FREE to assess your skills, alternately, you can also visit:Â https://www.pseg.com/info/careers/testtutorial.jsp

For more information about the PSEG Test, please visit:Â https://www.pseg.com/info/careers/testprep.jsp

The GMAT Test consists of the following:

GMAT Test Section | # of Questions | Question Types | Timing |
---|---|---|---|

Analytical Writing Assessment | 1 Topic | Analysis of Argument | 30 Minutes |

Integrated Reasoning | 12 Questions | Multi-Source Reasoning Graphics Interpretation Two-Part Analysis Table Analysis |
30 Minutes |

Quantitative | 37 Questions | Data Sufficiency Problem Solving |
75 Minutes |

Verbal | 41 Questions | Reading Comprehension Critical Reasoning Sentence Correction |
75 Minutes |

Total Exam Time | 3hrs, 30 minutes |

The GMAT is four sections long, with an Analytical Writing Assessment, an Integrated Reasoning Section, and sections for Quantitative and Verbal. The test lasts **3 hours and 30 minutes**, or closer to 4 hours if you take your two optional 8-minute breaks.

Not only is the GMAT administered most days of the year, but it’s also offered several times a day. You’ll often see morning and afternoon times around 8 AM, 12 PM, and 4 PM. As long as there’s space, you can choose whatever day and time work best with your schedule.

To schedule your GMAT test, go here

Total GMAT scores range from 200 to 800; two-thirds of test takers score between 400 and 600. Verbal and Quantitative scores range from 0 to 60; scores below 9 and above 44 for the Verbal section and below 7 and above 50 for the Quantitative section are rare.

An official GMAT score report consists of five parts:

- Verbal Scaled Score (on a scale from 0 to 60)
- Quantitative Scaled Score (on a scale from 0 to 60)
- Total Scaled Score (on a scale from 200 to 800)
- Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) Score (on a scale from 0 to 6)
- Integrated Reasoning Score (on a scale from 1 to 8)

The total score is a scaled combination of the verbal and quantitative scaled scores, and thus reflects a student’s overall performance on the multiple-choice sections of the test. The AWA and the Integrated Reasoning sections are scored independently; scores for these sections do not affect the 200-800 scaled score.

You can take the GMAT sample test at any of our centers for FREE to assess your skills.

For more information about the GMAT Test, please visit: https://www.mba.com/us/the-gmat-exam.aspx

The GRE General Test features question types that closely reflect the kind of thinking you’ll do in graduate or business school.

**Verbal Reasoning**â€” Measures your ability to analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained from it, analyze relationships among component parts of sentences and recognize relationships among words and concepts.**Quantitative Reasoning**â€” Measures problem-solving ability using basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis.**Analytical Writing**â€” Measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills, specifically your ability to articulate and support complex ideas clearly and effectively.

The total testing time for the computer-delivered GRE General test is **about 3 hours and 45 minutes**, plus short breaks. There are six sections to the test: One Analytical Writing section with two separately timed writing tasks. Two Verbal Reasoning sections.

The see the schedule or GRE Tests, please visit: https://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/register/centers_dates/

Three scores are reported on the GRE^{Â®} General Test:

- a Verbal Reasoning score reported on a 130â€“170 score scale, in 1-point increments
- a Quantitative Reasoning score reported on a 130â€“170 score scale, in 1-point increments
- an Analytical Writing score reported on a 0â€“6 score scale, in half-point increments

Any section in which you answer no questions at all will be reported as a No Score (NS).

You can take the GRE sample test at any of our centers for FREE to assess your skills.

For more information about the GRE Test, please visit: https://www.ets.org/gre

The Praxis assessments cover many different subject areas. Each state requires a different combination of Praxis exams for certification.

The Praxis^{Â®} tests measure teacher candidatesâ€™ knowledge and skills. The tests are used for licensing and certification processes and include:

**Praxis**^{Â®}Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core)

These tests measure academic skills in reading, writing and mathematics. They were designed to provide comprehensive assessments that measure the skills and content knowledge of candidates entering teacher preparation programs. See Praxis Core information.**Praxis**^{Â®}Subject Assessments

These tests measure subject-specific content knowledge, as well as general and subject-specific teaching skills, that you need for beginning teaching. See Praxis Subject Assessments information.**Praxis**^{Â®}Content Knowledge for Teaching Assessments (CKT)

These tests measure subject-specific content knowledge, with a focus on specialized content knowledge used in Kâ€“12 teaching. See Praxis Content Knowledge for Teaching Assessments information.

A Praxis test is one of a series of American teacher certification exams written and administered by the Educational Testing Service. Various Praxis tests are usually required before, during, and after teacher training courses in the U.S.

The lenght of the Praxis test varies by the specific test number.

If you take the Praxis Core tests separately, each session lasts **two hours**. If you take the combined test, the entire session lasts **five hours**.

The Core Praxis Tests are administered continuously throughout the year, but Praxis Subject Tests are prescheduled.

The see the schedule or Praxis Tests, please visit: https://www.ets.org/praxis/register/centers_dates/

Here’s how Praxis scores are calculated:

**Selected-Response (SR) Questions**

On most PraxisÂ® tests, each selected-response question answered correctly is worth one raw point, and your total raw score is the number of questions answered correctly on the full test.

**Constructed-Response (CR) Questions**

Constructed-response questions are scored by education professionals in the appropriate content area. These individuals are carefully trained and supervised to assure they apply E T S scoring methods in a fair and accurate manner.

**Mixed-Format Tests**

Some tests consist of one or more essays and a selected-response portion. For some of the Praxis tests that contain both SR and CR items, the ratings assigned by the scorers are simply added together to contribute to your total raw score. On others, the ratings are first multiplied by scoring weights, which can be different for different questions, and the weighted ratings are added to contribute to your total raw score.

**Conversion of Raw Scores to Scaled Scores**

To ensure that scores obtained from different forms of the same test are comparable, raw scores are converted to scaled scores that carry the same meaning regardless of which test was administered. Scaled scores are used to determine whether test takers have passed the test.

You can take the Praxis sample test at any of our centers for FREE to assess your skills.

For more information about the Praxis Test, please visit:Â https://www.ets.org/praxis

The RegentsÂ Test covers the following topics:

**English Language Arts**

- High School English Language Arts
- Comprehensive English

**Mathematics**

- Algebra I
- Geometry
- Algebra II
- Integrated Algebra (2005 Standard)
- Geometry (2005 Standard)
- Algebra 2/Trigonometry (2005 Standard)
- Mathematics B

**Social Studies**

- Global History & Geography
- U.S. History & Government

**Science**

- Reference Tables
- Chemistry
- Earth Science
- Living Environment
- Physics

**Languages Other Than English**

- French
- German
- Hebrew
- Italian
- Latin
- Spanish

The Regents is administered every year in January, June and August.

Regents Test scoring is a complex process that derives student scores from the number of questions answered correctly on a test, the level of difficulty of the questions and the skills each question measures.Â The final score on most Regents examinations is not a simple percentage or number of correct answers.Â Nor is it the same as the raw score â€“ the total number of points a student achieves on a test.

You can take the Regents sample test at any of our centers for FREE to assess your skills.

For more information about the Regents Test, please visit:Â http://www.nysedregents.org/

There are three different levels of the CTY SCAT:

**Elementary SCAT**Â – 2nd and 3rd grade students take the Elementary SCAT, which is designed for 4th-6th graders. The test is scored in comparison to 4th and 5th graders, respectively.**Intermediate SCAT**Â – 4th and 5th grade students take the Intermediate SCAT, which is designed for 6th-9th graders. The test is scored in comparison to 6th-9th graders.**Advanced SCAT**Â – 6th-8th graders take the Advanced SCAT, which is designed for 9th-12 graders. The test is scored in comparison to 9th – 12th graders.

The SCAT is made up of two sections: quantitative reasoning and verbal reasoning:

The **quantitative reasoning** section on the SCAT assesses a studentâ€™s comprehension of number operations and mathematical reasoning. This section includes multiple choice mathematical comparisons, consisting of two quantities, of which students must determine which is greater than the other.

The **SCAT verbal section** assesses a studentâ€™s verbal reasoning and vocabulary skills. This section includes multiple choice verbal analogy questions, consisting of two words that go together in a certain way, followed by four pairs of words (the answer choices). Students need to select the pair of words with the same relationship as the first two words to best complete the analogy.

The two sections, each 22 minutes long, are separated by a 10-minute break. The break is optional and student-directed. In other words, the test center administrator will not start and end the break. It is the student’s responsibility to return to the test on time. If students take any other breaks during the test, timing will continue. Your appointment time will be 90 minutes but the test itself usually takes less than one hour.

Students must test on or before June 30, each year and can choose a date, time, and location convenient for them.

The raw score is calculated by tallying the total number of questions answered correctly out of the 50 scored questions. Scaled scores range from 400 to 514, according to the test version.

The SCAT percentile is used to compare students to those in higher grades. Since the SCAT is an above grade level test, students take a test designed for higher grades and the scaled scores are compared to performance norms of students in higher grades. For example, 2nd and 3rd grade students take the Elementary SCAT version, designed for 3rd – 6th graders and their scores are compared to the norms of 4th and 5th grade students, respectively.

To be eligible for CTY programs, students taking the SCAT must achieve these scores:

Grade | Quantitative | Verbal |
---|---|---|

2 | 435 | 430 |

3 | 440 | 435 |

4 | 450 | 440 |

5 | 465 | 445 |

6 | 470 | 450 |

For more information about the SCAT, please Click Here

The content and structure of the 11+ exam varies between different areas of the country, but it will generally focus on a combination of the following four subjects:

- English
- Maths
- Verbal reasoning
- Non-verbal reasoning

Although the content of the English and Maths tests tend to follow the National Curriculum, verbal and non-verbal reasoning are not subjects that are taught as part of the curriculum in state primary schools.

All need multiple choice answers, except English, which is a written piece of work.

**Verbal reasoning**: These questions are about solving problems and following sequences to do with words and text. Verbal reasoning tests your childâ€™s English grammar and vocabulary.**Non-verbal reasoning**: During the non-verbal reasoning paper, your child will need to solve problems to do with diagrams and pictures. Thereâ€™s also an element of maths.**Maths**: Your child will be tested on mental maths, maths concepts and skills and problems that have to be solved in multiple stages.**English**: The English paper puts your childâ€™s creative writing skills to the test, as they have to plan, structure and write a piece of work.

Depending on which 11+ Test the student is taking, the test times varies from **no time limit to 30 minutes to 50 minutes**.

Note that the time limits described above is for each test. There are 4 tests:

- Verbal Reasoning
- Non Verbal Reasoning
- Maths
- English

If your child goes to a local authority primary school, theyâ€™ll sit the 11+ in one of their classrooms. If they go to another type of school, theyâ€™ll be asked to take it at a central location like a local grammar school.

Testing day depends on where you live, although itâ€™s often early on in the autumn term in September. Thereâ€™s usually a chance to take a practice 11+ a few days before at school.

England has 164 grammar schools, 85% of which are academies at liberty to set their own individual admissions criteria including the type of entrance tests they set and what weighting is given to each one.

The actual marks from these tests, referred to as raw marks, are never disclosed, instead parents are given Standard Age Scores (SAS). A standard score shows how well the individual has performed relative to the mean (average) score for the population although the term population is open to interpretation.

If a student scores 65% on a test, what does this tell you? Is this mark good? Bad? Average? If it is deemed to be a good/bad/average mark, against whom is this judgement being made â€“ the other children in a class, in a school, or similar children across the country?

These fairly obvious questions are what led to the development of Standardised Scores; numbers which not only tell you how a child performed in a test, but also give you some information as to where their score sits within the range of scores recorded by other children who have taken the same test.

So, if a child scored 65% on a test in which the average child scored 70%, their score might be reported as a standardised score of â€˜95â€™; if the average child scored 60%, their score might be reported as â€˜105â€™.

If you know that standardised scores are created such that the mean score is allocated a score of 100, that two in three standardised scores are between 85 and 115, and that 95% of scores are between 70 and 130, you can make much more sense of a childâ€™s test score reported as a standardised score than you can from a test result reported as a percentage or a raw score.

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With no published curriculum and many schools preferring not to publish the content of their exams, it can sometimes be difficult to find out more information about the 11+.

Good sources of information include:

- Your Local Authority
- The schools you’re applying to

The OLSAT is comprised of bothÂ verbalÂ andÂ nonverbalÂ questions, measuring a student’s ability to cope with school learning tasks. In all, there are 21 differentÂ question types on the OLSAT. On the test, students will need to:

- Follow directions
- Detect likenesses and differences
- Recall words and numbers
- Classify items
- Establish sequences
- Solve arithmetic problems
- Complete analogies

The OLSAT is used specifically to measure abilities related to success in school, testing critical thinking and reasoning skills. The OLSAT is intended to test memory, speed of thought and ability to see relationships and patterns.

Below are the types of questions asked in the OLSAT:

Verbal | Nonverbal |
---|---|

Verbal Comprehension | Pictorial Reasoning |

Following Directions | Picture Classification |

Antonyms | Picture Analogies |

Sentence Completion | Picture Series |

Sentence Arrangement | Figural Reasoning |

Verbal Reasoning | Figural Classification |

Aural Reasoning | Figural Analogies |

Arithmetic Reasoning | Pattern Matrix |

Logical Selection | Figural Series |

Word/Letter Matrix | Quantitative Reasoning |

Verbal Analogies | Number Series |

Verbal Classification | Numeric Inference |

Inference | Number Matrix |

The OLSAT test is administered at seven levels, depending on the student’s age: OLSAT Level A, OLSAT Level B, OLSAT Level C, OLSAT Level D, OLSAT Level E, OLSAT Level F, and OLSAT Level G. The table below shows what grades each level corresponds with:

Level | Grade |
---|---|

A | Pre-K and K |

B | 1st Grade |

C | 2nd Grade |

D | 3rd Grade |

E | 4th-5th Grade |

F | 6th-8th Grade |

G | 9th-12th Grade |

The student will have between** 60-80 minutes** to complete a 40-70 question test, depending on the OLSAT test level.

The OLSAT test dates are decided by the respective schools. There is no specific date when OLSATs are administered.

Students earn points for each question they answer correctly, but do not lose points for skipping or incorrectly answering a question. When the test is graded, a child is first given a raw score, which provides the number of questions answered correctly out of the total number of questions (e.g., 46/60). Once the raw score is calculated, it is then converted to a School Ability Index (SAI) score. The SAI score is determined by comparing the raw scores of other children in the same age group. It is a normalized score, with an average of 100, a standard deviation of 16, and a maximum score of 150. This SAI score is then used to find which percentile a student falls into. Students who score about two standard deviations above the mean (a score of 132) generally fall into the top 2-3%, or the 97th-98th percentile.

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The **Keys Stage 1** SAT consists of 1 Grammar and Punctuation test, 1 Spelling test, 2 Reading tests and 2 Math tests

Test | Marks | Time | Details |
---|---|---|---|

Grammar & Punctuation | 20 | 20 minutes | questions is a combined question and answer booklet focusing on pupilsâ€™ knowledge of grammar, punctuation and vocabulary. |

Spelling | 20 | 15 minutes | Consists of a test transcript to be read by the test administrator and an answer booklet for pupils to write 20 spellings. |

Reading 1 | 20 | 30 minutes | Contains a selection of texts that are designed to increase in difficulty. They include a mixture of text types. |

Reading 2 | 20 | 40 minutes | Contains more challenging texts than Reading 1. |

Math 1 | 25 | 15 minutes | Arithmetic assesses pupilsâ€™ fluency in the fundamentals of mathematics, including place value, calculations and fractions. |

Math 2 | 35 | 35 minutes | reasoning assesses pupilsâ€™ mathematical fluency by demonstrating their ability to solve problems and reason mathematically. |

The **Keys Stage 2** SAT consists of 1 Grammar and Punctuation test, 1 Spelling test, 1 Reading test, and 3 Math tests.

Test | Marks | Time | Details |
---|---|---|---|

Grammar & Punctuation | 50 | 45 minutes | questions is a combined question and answer booklet focusing on pupilsâ€™ knowledge of grammar, punctuation and vocabulary. |

Spelling | 20 | 15 minutes | Consists of a test transcript to be read by the test administrator and an answer booklet for pupils to write 20 spellings. |

Reading | 50 | 60 minutes | The English reading test focuses on the comprehension elements of the national curriculum and includes a mixture of text types. The test is designed so that the texts increase in their level of difficulty. |

Math 1 | 40 | 30 minutes | arithmetic assesses mathematical calculations. The questions cover calculations involving all 4 operations, including calculations with fractions, decimals and percentages. They also cover long division and long multiplication. |

Math 2 | 35 | 40 minutes | Â assess mathematical fluency, solving mathematical problems and mathematical reasoning. |

Math 3 | 35 | 40 minutes | Â assess mathematical fluency, solving mathematical problems and mathematical reasoning. |

The ACT questions are divided into four sections 1 Math section, 1 Science section and 2 English sections.

Test Section | Questions | Time | Details |
---|---|---|---|

Reading | 40 | 35 minutes | Measures reading comprehension. The passages are from areas of prose, humanities, social science, and natural science. |

English | 75 | 45 minutes | Measures standard written English and rhetorical skills. Each question has 4 answer choices. |

Quantitative (Math) | 60 | 60 minutes | Measures mathematical skills students have typically acquired in courses taken up to the beginning of grade 12. Use of calculators is allowed. |

Science | 40 | 35 minutes | Measures the interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem-solving skills required in the natural sciences. |

Essay Writing | 1 | 40 minutes | This is an optional section that measures writing skills emphasized in high school English classes and in entry-level college composition courses. |

Testing time is not monitored, but generally students are expected to complete the test as per the table below:

**Key Stage 1 – for students in Grade 2**

- Grammar and Punctuation – 20 mins
- Spelling – 15 mins
- Reading 1 – 30 mins
- Reading 2 – 40 mins
- Math 1 – 15 mins
- Math 2 – 35 mins

**Key Stage 2 – for students in Grade 6**

- Grammar and Punctuation – 45 mins
- Spelling – 15 mins
- Reading 1 – 60 mins
- Math 1 – 30 mins
- Math 2 – 40 mins
- Math 3 – 40 mins
- Biology – 25 mins
- Chemistry – 25 mins
- Physics – 25 mins

Total testing time is **2Â hours and 55 minutes****.**Â Including breaks, the exam takes 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete. If you sign up for the optional essay the test clocks in at 3 hours and 40 minutes or just over 4 hours with breaks.

The UK SATs are held during the months of **May and June** each year.

For the 2017-18 testing year the ACT test dates are:

**October 28, 2017****December 9, 2017****February 10, 2018****April 14, 2018****June 9, 2018****July 14, 2018**

Hereâ€™s how UK SATs scoring works. Youâ€™re given a point for every question you get right (thereâ€™s no penalty or point deduction for wrong answers). The total number of questions you get right on each test equals your **raw score**. Your raw score for each test is then converted into a scaled score.

This is used to show whether the child has achieved the national standard for that subject. It also allows for comparisons of pupil performance over time as every scaled score represents the same level of attainment, whether a child has taken the test in 2016 or in 2018.

For **KS1 SATs**, a score of 100 means the child is working at the expected standard. A score below 100 indicates that the child needs more support, whereas a score of above 100 suggests the child is working at a higher level than expected for their age. The maximum score possible is 115, and the minimum is 85.

Teachers are given conversion tables to translate their pupils’ raw scores into scaled scores. They’ll then use these scores to inform their teacher assessment. This means that the score that your child is given may not be the result they achieved in their SATs, but a score based on SATs results, classwork and the teacher’s observations.

For **KS2 SATs**, the papers are marked externally, with no teacher assessment involved.

Each child will be awarded a raw score and a scaled score, and receive confirmation of whether or not they achieved the national standard (â€˜NSâ€™ means the expected standard was not achieved; â€˜ASâ€™ means the expected standard was achieved).

Please note that schools are free to report SATs results as they choose, so as a parent you might be given their sclaed score or a code (or both); you are unlikely to be told your child’s raw test scores.

The list of **KS2 SATs outcome codes** in full is:

**AS**: the expected standard has been achieved**NS**: the expected standard has not been achieved**A**: the child was absent from one or more of the test papers**B**: the child is working below the level assessed by KS2 SATs**M**: the child missed the test**T**: the child is working at the level of the tests but is unable to access them (because all or partÂ of a test is not suitable for a pupil with particular special educational needs)

**range of scaled scores available for each KS2 test is the same, this year and in future years**:

- 80 is the lowest possibleÂ scaled score
- 120 is the highest possible scaled score

A scaled score of 100 or more means that the child has met the expected standard in each test; a scaled score of 99 or less means they haven’t reached the government-expected standard.

**GDS**: Working at greater depth within the expected standard (for writing assessment only)**EXS**: Working at the expected standard**WTS**: Working towards the expected standard (for writing assessment only)**HNM**: Has not met the expected standard (reading and maths assessment only)**PKG**: Pre-key stage, growing development of the expected standard (the child is working at a lower level than expected)**PKF**: Pre-key stage, foundations for the expected standard (the child is working at a significantly lower level than expected)**BLW**: The child is working below the pre-key stage standards (the lowest level of attainment)**A**: Awarded if the child was absent**D**: Awarded if the child is disapplied (has not been been tested at KS2 level)

Hereâ€™s how ACT scoring works. Youâ€™re given a point for every question you get right (thereâ€™s no penalty or point deduction for wrong answers). The total number of questions you get right on each test (English, Math, Reading, and Science) equals yourÂ **raw score**. Your raw score for each test is then converted into a scale score (1â€“36).

Your **composite score**, or overall ACT score, is the average of your scores on each test. Add up your English, Math, Reading, and Science scores and divide by 4. (Round to the nearest whole number).

A score of over 29 out of 36 is considered a good score.

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For more information about the UK SATs, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/standards-and-testing-agency

For more information about the ACT, please visit:Â http://www.act.org

The SAT questions are divided into four sections 2 Math sections and 2 English sections.

Test Section | Questions | Time | Details |
---|---|---|---|

Reading / Writing 1 | 27 | 32 minutes |
Reading: Main Ideas, Details, Inferences, Word Meanings, Authorâ€™s Purpose and Tone, Opinions and Arguments, Predictions Writing: Vocabulary, Verbal Reasoning, Ability to Relate Ideas Logically |

Reading / Writing 2 (Adaptative) | 27 | 32 minutes |
Reading: Main Ideas, Details, Inferences, Word Meanings, Authorâ€™s Purpose and Tone, Opinions and Arguments, Predictions Writing: Vocabulary, Verbal Reasoning, Ability to Relate Ideas Logically |

Math 1 | 22 | 35 minutes | Number Concepts and Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, Data Analysis, Probability |

Math 2 (Adaptive) | 22 | 35 minutes | Number Concepts and Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, Data Analysis, Probability |

Total testing time is **3Â hours and 50 minutes****.**

For the 2017-18 testing year the SAT test dates are:

**November 4, 2017****December 2, 2017****March 10, 2018****May 5, 2018****June 2, 2018**

**Scoring for the Math and Evidence-Based Reading & Writing Sections**

- Students earn 1 point for each correct answer
- Students neither earn nor lose points for questions skipped or answered incorrectly
- Raw scores of each section are then converted to scaled scores
- Scaled scores for each section range between 200 and 800. Total scores range between 400 and 1600

There is no deduction for incorrect answers, which means students should answer every single question. For most sections of the SAT, questions get more difficult as you work through each type of question in a section (except for Evidence-Based Reading questions). This means that the first few questions will usually be easy for most students, and the last ones will usually be extremely difficult for all but the most advanced students. The SAT is designed to challenge students at every level, so the average student is going to face a lot of tough questions in a very short period of time.

**Scoring for the Essay**

The SAT essay requires students to use a passage as the basis for a well-written and well-thought out argument.

- Two readers read and score each student’s essay. Essays are scored based on three categories: Reading, Analysis, and Writing.

- Each reader gives the essay a score ranging between a 1 and 4 points in each category, for a total possible score of 8 points.

An overall score of over 1250 out of 1600 is considered a good score.

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The PSAT questions are divided into four sections 2 Math sections and 2 English sections.

Test Section | Questions | Time | Details |
---|---|---|---|

Reading | 47 | 60 minutes | Main Ideas, Details, Inferences, Word Meanings, Authorâ€™s Purpose and Tone, Opinions and Arguments, Predictions |

Writing | 44 | 35 minutes | Vocabulary, Verbal Reasoning, Ability to Relate Ideas Logically |

Quantitative (Math) | 31 (Calculator allowed) | 45 minutes | Number Concepts and Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, Data Analysis, Probability |

Quantitative (Math) | 17Â (Calculator not allowed) | 25 minutes | Number Concepts and Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, Data Analysis, Probability |

Total testing time is **2 hours and 45 minutes****.**

For the 2017-18 testing year the PSAT test dates are:

- Primary test day: Wednesday, OctoberÂ 11
- Saturday test day: October 14
- Alternate test day: Wednesday, OctoberÂ 25

For PSAT 10, Schools choose a date between FebruaryÂ 21 and April 14, 2017.

PSAT scores are calculated in much the same way as the new SAT scores:

- Students earn 1 point for each question answered correctly.
- Students neither lose nor gain points for questions answered incorrectly.
- Students neither lose nor gain points for questions that are skipped.

The PSAT is divided into two sections: Math and Evidence-Based Reading & Writing. Because there is no penalty for guessing, a student’s raw score for both of the main test areas is the number of questions answered correctly. Raw scores are then converted to scaled scores ranging between 160 and 760 (760 is the highest possible score for each section). The raw scores are added together for the total PSAT score, or Selection Index, which ranges between 320 and 1520.

A score over 1070 is considered a good score.

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The SSAT questions are divided into four scored sections and one (unscored) Essay prompt located in the Writing Sample section.

Test Section | Questions | Time | Details |
---|---|---|---|

Writing Sample | 1 (unscored) prompt | 25 minutes | Topic statement which you will be asked to respond to (support or argue), using specific examples from personal experience, current events, history or literature |

Quantitative (Math) | 25 multiple choice | 30 minutes | Number Concepts and Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, Data Analysis, Probability |

Reading | 40 multiple choice (7 passages) | 40 minutes | Main Ideas, Details, Inferences, Word Meanings, Authorâ€™s Purpose and Tone, Opinions and Arguments, Predictions |

Verbal | 60 multiple choice (30 synonyms and 30 analogies) | 30 minutes | Vocabulary, Verbal Reasoning, Ability to Relate Ideas Logically |

Quantitative (Math) | 25 multiple-choice | 30 minutes | Number Concepts and Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, Data Analysis, Probability |

Experimental | 16â€“20 multiple choice | 30 minutes | Verbal, Reading, and Quantitative-style questions |

Total testing time is **2 hours and 5 minutes for ElementaryÂ Level**Â and **3 hours and 5 minutes for Middle and Upper Level.**

The SSAT is held at sites worldwide on eight Saturdays each year.

For the 2017-18 testing year (August 1, 2017 to July 31, 2018) the Standard test dates are:

- 10/14/17
- 11/11/17
- 12/9/17
- 1/6/18
- 2/3/18
- 3/3/18
- 4/21/18
- 6/9/18

You will receive three types of scores on your score report: a raw score, a scaled score, and a percentile ranking.

**Raw scores** are determined by counting the number of incorrect answers and correct answers. Correct answers are worth one point each, and one quarter point is deducted for each incorrect answer. No points are deducted for failing to answer a question, and all questions have the same point value.

**Scaled scores** are derived from the raw scores. Different scales are used for the different levels of the test: students taking the SSAT Elementary Level test will receive a score on a scale of 900 to 1800 (300 to 600 per section), students taking the SSAT Middle Level test will receive a score on a scale of 1320 to 2130 (440 to 710 per section), and students taking the upper level test will receive a score on a scale of 1500 and 2400 (500 to 800 per section).

The **percentile ranking** represents how well you did compared to other students of the same grade and gender who have taken the SSAT in the past three years. Your rank will be between 1% and 99%, and indicates the percentage of students with a lower or equal score to your own. For example: if you receive a percentile score of 75%, that would mean that you did as well as or better than 75% of students of your grade and gender who took the test in the past three years.

For more information about the SSAT, please visit:Â https://ssat.org/

The ISEE is a four-section, multiple-choice exam administered by the Education Records Bureau. The exact number of questions and time vary a little for each level.

Test Section | Questions | Time | Details |
---|---|---|---|

Verbal Reasoning | 40 | 20 minutes | Tests vocabulary and reasoning abilities Synonym section focuses on word recognition Sentence Completion section measures students’ knowledge of words and their function Use context clues to decide which word best fits the sentence |

Quantitative Reasoning | 37 | 35 minutes | Tests mathematical synthesis, skill, comprehension, and logical reasoning Quantitative Reasoning problems are higher-order thinking problems Interpreting data Solving application problems Estimating Recognizing patterns Solving non-routine problems |

Reading Comprehension | 36 | 35 minutes | Tests reading ability through six to eight passages, depending on the ISEE test level. Each passage is followed by at least 4 text-related questions. |

Mathematics Achievement | 47 | 40 minutes | Correlates with common mathematics curriculum taught in schools. Students may NOT use calculators on the ISEE. |

Essay | 1 | 30 minutes | Students’ essays must be in response to a provided prompt Students’ essays are sent to each school that receives the ISEE score report Essays are NOT SCORED, but are instead evaluated individually by each school The ISEE essay section is intended for students to demonstrate their writing abilities |

Depending on the level, the actual testing time is betweenÂ **2 hours and 20 minutes to 2 hours and 40 minutes.**

Students may register to take the ISEE one time in any or all of three testing seasons. The ISEE testing seasons are defined as Fall (Augustâ€“November), Winter (Decemberâ€“March), and Spring/Summer (Aprilâ€“July)

The ISEE consists of four sections which are scored and included on a report to both schools and families. The Test Profile provides information about the studentâ€™s overall performance on each section of the ISEE, except the essay; an unscored copy of the essay is sent to each school for which the student requests score reports.

**Stanine Analysis** permits comparisons between a studentâ€™s performance on both the ability tests and the related achievement tests. Specifically these

comparisons are made between Verbal Reasoning (V) and Reading Comprehension (R), and Quantitative Reasoning (Q) and Mathematics Achievement (M).

A **stanine** is a score from 1 to 9, with 5 as a midpoint. Stanines are derived by dividing the entire range of studentsâ€™ scores into nine segments

The **percentile rank** shows the studentâ€™s standing when compared to other students in the norm group for this examination. The rank is based on scores obtained from all students in a given grade who have taken the test over the past three years. A percentile rank of 65 on a given section indicates that the student scored as well as or better that 65% of all students in the norm group and less well than 34%. This is out of a total of 99 percentile points.

**Scaled scores** for each section range from 760 to 940. The scaled score is derived from the raw scoreâ€“the number of questions the student answered correctlyâ€“but is more useful than the raw score because the scaled score has the same meaning regardless of which form of the assessment is used. ERB administers multiple versions of the test each year. The scaled score takes these slight differences into account and allows ERB to report a score on a common scale that has the same meaning for all students regardless of the form of the test that was taken.

For more information about the ISEE, please visit:Â www.erblearn.org/parents/admission/isee

The HSPT is divided intoÂ 5 test sections as below:

Test Section | Questions | Time | Details |
---|---|---|---|

Verbal Skills | 60 | 16 minutes | Synonyms Antonyms Analogies Logic Verbal classifications |

Quantitative Skills | 52 | 30 minutes | Number series Geometry Number manipulation Non-geometric comparisons |

Reading | 62 | 25 minutes | Vocabulary Reading passages Main idea Recalling facts in context |

Mathematics | 64 | 45 minutes | Problem solving Arithmetic Basic algebra Basic geometry |

Language | 60 | 25 minutes | Usage Spelling Capitalization Punctuation Composition |

TheÂ actual testing time isÂ **2 hours and 30 minutes.**

The HSPT is administered on theÂ **first Friday or Saturday ofÂ November**.

Your score report of HSPT will display the following:

**Scores on each test section in the form of national percentiles**: These percentiles indicate your performance in respect of the other test-takers who have taken the HSPT. For instance, if your Reading Skills score is 50, then it means that you have performed better than 50 percent of the students who have taken the HSPT in a national sample. National percentiles falling in the range of 40 to 70 are considered as average.**Total Cognitive Skills**Â (TCS): These scores are displayed as national percentiles and they are the total of your scores in the Verbal Skills and Quantitative Skills test sections.**Total Basic Skills**Â (TBS): These scores are the total of your scores in the Reading, Mathematics and Language test sections and are displayed as national percentiles.**Battery Composite**Â (CMP):**Â**These percentiles are based on the total of your scores in the Verbal, Quantitative, Reading, Language and Mathematics test sections.**Optional Test**Â (OP): These percentiles are included in your score report if you have taken the optional test in Science, Mechanical Aptitude, or Religion. Certain high schools will require you to take the optional test while others may not have this requirement.**Cognitive Skills Quotient**Â (CSQ):**Â**This is similar to an IQ score and it is a measure of your learning potential. It gives an estimate of how you are likely to perform in your high school studies depending upon your learning potential. Your CSQ will also be dependent upon your age at the time at which you took the HSPT. The CSQ operational range is 55-145. The average CSQ is approximately 100.**Grade Equivalents**Â (GE):**Â**Your GE scores are dependent on grade and month. For example a GE of 8.5 refers to an eighth grader at the 5th month.Â You will get GE scores for the Reading, Mathematics and Language Skills.

Your score report will also contain an explanation of the skills being evaluated by HSPT. The score report will also contain a description of what your scores for each of the test sections mean. You will also be able to understand the significance of the CSQ and GE, as it is explained in the score report.

For more information about the HSPT, please visit:Â www.ststesting.com

As of Fall of 2017, the COOP Exam has been replaced with the HSPT Exam.

Test Section | Questions | Time | Details |
---|---|---|---|

Verbal Skills | 60 | 16 minutes | Synonyms Antonyms Analogies Logic Verbal classifications |

Quantitative Skills | 52 | 30 minutes | Number series Geometry Number manipulation Non-geometric comparisons |

Reading | 62 | 25 minutes | Vocabulary Reading passages Main idea Recalling facts in context |

Mathematics | 64 | 45 minutes | Problem solving Arithmetic Basic algebra Basic geometry |

Language | 60 | 25 minutes | Usage Spelling Capitalization Punctuation Composition |

As of Fall of 2017, the COOP Exam has been replaced with the HSPT Exam.

TheÂ actual testing time isÂ **2 hours and 30 minutes.**

The COOP is administered on theÂ **first Friday or Saturday ofÂ November**.

NOTE: As of Fall of 2017, the COOP Exam has been replaced with the HSPT Exam.

Your score report of HSPT will display the following:

**Scores on each test section in the form of national percentiles**: These percentiles indicate your performance in respect of the other test-takers who have taken the HSPT. For instance, if your Reading Skills score is 50, then it means that you have performed better than 50 percent of the students who have taken the HSPT in a national sample. National percentiles falling in the range of 40 to 70 are considered as average.**Total Cognitive Skills**Â (TCS): These scores are displayed as national percentiles and they are the total of your scores in the Verbal Skills and Quantitative Skills test sections.**Total Basic Skills**Â (TBS): These scores are the total of your scores in the Reading, Mathematics and Language test sections and are displayed as national percentiles.**Battery Composite**Â (CMP):**Â**These percentiles are based on the total of your scores in the Verbal, Quantitative, Reading, Language and Mathematics test sections.**Optional Test**Â (OP): These percentiles are included in your score report if you have taken the optional test in Science, Mechanical Aptitude, or Religion. Certain high schools will require you to take the optional test while others may not have this requirement.**Cognitive Skills Quotient**Â (CSQ):**Â**This is similar to an IQ score and it is a measure of your learning potential. It gives an estimate of how you are likely to perform in your high school studies depending upon your learning potential. Your CSQ will also be dependent upon your age at the time at which you took the HSPT. The CSQ operational range is 55-145. The average CSQ is approximately 100.**Grade Equivalents**Â (GE):**Â**Your GE scores are dependent on grade and month. For example a GE of 8.5 refers to an eighth grader at the 5th month.Â You will get GE scores for the Reading, Mathematics and Language Skills.

Your score report will also contain an explanation of the skills being evaluated by HSPT. The score report will also contain a description of what your scores for each of the test sections mean. You will also be able to understand the significance of the CSQ and GE, as it is explained in the score report.

For more information about the COOP, please visit:Â https://www.njcoopexam.org/

TerraNova tests cover reading, math, language, science and social studies topics.

–Â Â Â Â Â Reading covers oral comprehension, basic understanding, text analysis and reading and writing strategies.

–Â Â Â Â Â Language covers sentence structure, writing strategies and editing skills.

–Â Â Â Â Math covers number relations, estimation, basic operation, measurement, geometry, statistics, probability, algebra and problem solving.

–Â Â Â Â Science covers physical, life, earth and space science, technology and history of science.

–Â Â Â Social studies covers geography, cultural perspectives, civics, government and economics.

The TerraNova test time limits range from 90 minutes to more than five hours.

TerraNova is administered in Fall (September) or Spring (March). It depends on the school administering the test.

The scores are returned in National Percentiles The 50th percentile means that a student is on grade level.

**The following are types of scores used to report the TerraNova test results:**

- Scaled score
- National Percentile Rank and Stanine
- ACSI Percentile Rank
- Normal Curve Equivalent
- Cognitive Skills Index (PTCS and InView)
- Anticipated Achievement Score (PTCS and InView)
- Objectives Performance Index
- Lexile for grades 1 â€“ 8

For more information about the TerraNova, please visit:Â http://terranova3.com/

The NJASK is a four-section, multiple-choice exam administered by the Education Records Bureau. The exact number of questions and time vary a little for each level.

The Science NJASK usually covers topics inÂ – Life Science,Â Physical Science andÂ Earth Science.

The test will range from about 60 minutes to 90 minutes of testing time per day of the test.

It is generally in the month of May every year.

The NJASK reports both raw and scale scores. A **raw score** is the total number of points a student earns on a test. A **scale score** is simply a conversion of that raw score, using a predetermined mathematical algorithm, to permit legitimate and meaningful comparisons over time and across grades and content areas.

The total scores in Science are reported as scale scores with a range of 100 to 300. The scale score for Science is a total score based on a combination of correct answers to multiple-choice items and the number of points received for constructed-response items.

The score ranges for the proficiency levels are as follows:

**Advanced Proficient: 250â€“300**

**Proficient: 200â€“249**

**Partially Proficient: 100â€“199**

Partially Proficient is considered to be below the state minimum level of proficiency. Students at this proficiency level may need additional instructional support, which could be in the form of individual or programmatic intervention.

You can take the NJASK sample test at any of our centers for FREE or you can also take theÂ NJASK sample test here to assess your skills.

For more information about the NJASK, please visit:Â www.state.nj.us/education/assessment/es/njask/

The PARCC assessments cover two courses â€“ English language arts/literacy and mathematics â€“ for students between Grade 3 and Grade 11. These exams are intended to be used as indicators of student needs and progress for teachers to identify and address

The exact duration of the test depends on the grade and subject. Please seeÂ **PARCC Duration**Â (will open in a new window) for exact duration.

There will be two major releases of the Practice Test as follows:

A Performance based Assessment (PBA) component, administered after approximately 75% of the school year, and

An End of Year assessment (EOY) component, administered after approximately 90% of the school year. The exact dates are not published yet.

Below is more details on the two releases of PARCC:

**Performance based Assessment**

English Language Arts/Literacy: Grades 3-11 Performance Based tests

Mathematics: Grades 3-8 Performance Based tests in Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry

At each grade level the Performance Based Assessment component will require five sessions â€“ three sessions for ELA/Literacy and two sessions for Mathematics.

**End of Year Assessment**

English Language Arts/Literacy: Grades 3-11 End of Year tests

Mathematics: Grades 3-8, Algebra I and Geometry End of Year tests

The End of Year component at each grade level will require four sessions â€“ two sessions for ELA/Literacy and two

sessions for Mathematics.

PARCC scored have to be reviewed in 4 steps as follows:

**STEP 1: Overall Performance**

Your studentâ€™s overall score (out of a possible 850) and performance level (1-5) gives a quick glimpse of whether he or she is on-track with grade-level expectations. Level 1 indicates the greatest need for improvement and Level 5 indicates the strongest performance.

**STEP 2: Performance Levels**

The color-coded key next to the overall performance information provides details on each of the different performance levels. They describe how well students met grade-level expectations.

**STEP 3: Score Graph**

The colored graph shows the score ranges for each performance level and where your childâ€™s score falls within that range, indicating how close your child is to the next level. This section also shows how your student is performing compared to students in the same school, as well as across the district, state, and, in some states, across the states administering the PARCC test.

**STEP 4: Score Breakdown**

On page two, the English language arts report will show your studentâ€™s overall performance in reading and writing, as well as your childâ€™s numerical score for a sub-set of questions in those categories. You will also receive information about your childâ€™s performance on specific skills within English language arts, so you can see where your student is excelling or needs additional support. Each area includes a description of the skills needed to demonstrate a clear understanding of grade-level standards.

You can take the PARCC sample test at any of our centers for FREE.

For more information about the PARCC, please visit:Â www.parcconline.org/

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