Exams and Testing
STAAR stands for State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, which is the state's student testing program. The assessments are based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, which are the state curriculum standards. Beginning in grade 3 through high school graduation, students are tested in the core subject areas of reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies. For STAAR test schedules, click here.
The SAT is a 3-hour-and-45-minute test that measures the critical thinking, mathematical reasoning, and writing skills that students need to do college-level work. Nearly every college in America accepts the SAT as a part of its admissions process. That's why more than two million students take the SAT every year. Most students take the SAT during their junior or senior year in high school.
For a list of test dates, view the SAT Test Dates and Registration Deadlines.
For more information including SAT Preparation Resources, test dates and fees, and registration information, please visit the College Board SAT website.
The Preliminary SAT®/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT Reasoning Test™ and gives students a chance to enter National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) scholarship programs.
The PSAT/NMSQT is available for home-schooled students eligible to attend school in the district and may register at both high school counseling centers.
The PSAT test is held in October. Please contact your school counseling center for exact dates and times.
Free to interested juniors enrolled at Central and Lake View High Schools
$15 for interested sophomores and freshman
Registration forms available in the school counseling centers (Deadline to register is TBA by campus)
For more information:
Central High School counseling department - (325)659-3434 x118
Lake View High School counseling department - (325)659-3500 x128
The ACT is America's most widely accepted college entrance exam. It 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 skills in planning and writing a short essay.
For a list of test dates, view the ACT Test Calendar.
For more information about the ACT including test preparation resources, test dates and fees, and registration information, please visit the ACT Student website.
AP Examinations are administered each year in May and are available to students enrolled in the district's various AP Courses. The AP Exams test students' ability to perform at a college level and offer students the possibility to qualify for college credit.
AP Exams are held during two weeks in May. A detailed AP Exam schedule can be found at the CollegeBoard website.
For more information about the AP program, contact the Advanced Academics department at (325) 947-3838 x726.