At Cole Valley Christian, we test ALL our students for aptitude and the vast majority of Cole Valley students take at least one of the college entrance exams. Thus, our exam results reflect the average of the entire class. Even so, CVCS' test results are consistently above the national, state, and local averages.
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SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test)
This aptitude test is composed of ten-sections: three Critical Reading, three Math, three Writing, and one Experimental. The essay component is mandatory. The test is scored as 200-800 for each subject with 2400 being the highest possible score. The test is 3 hours and 45 minutes long. Wrong answers are penalized. A helpful online resource for SAT studying is Khan Academy which can be found by clicking on the following link: Khan Academy.
ACT (American College Test)
This curriculum-based test is composed of four sections: English, Math, Reading, and Science. The essay component is optional. The test is scored as 1-36 with 36 being the highest possible score. The test is approximately 3 hours long (add a half-hour if taking the optional essay component). Wrong answers are not penalized so fill in all answer questions.
PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test)
We offer it once a year in October for grades 8-11 as our Standardized Testing. Juniors will take it for a possible scholarship in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Grades 8-9 take a specific test. 10th Graders take it for practice for the national scholarship.
Non-CVCS Students: If you're not a current student of CVCS but would like to test at our location, please contact Beth Duron at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost: $26
This placement test is used by the 2-year colleges. COMPASS is a comprehensive testing system that helps place students into appropriate courses at the 2-year college level. The Compass Test is offered at the CWI Canyon County Center for $5.00/test. Three tests (reading, writing, and math) are required. Plan 1 ½ hours to take the tests. Please bring photo ID and cash. A great resource for help and practice tests is found by clicking the following link: Compass Test
The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) measures the skills your student has developed over the course of his education. These include:
Critical reading skills
Math problem-solving skills
The PSAT/NMSQT is the best preparation for the SAT. Students take the test in eleventh grade to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Corporation's scholarship programs. Students can also benefit from taking the test in the tenth grade and sooner because they'll get personalized feedback on the academic skills needed for college. By taking the test before eleventh grade, students have more time to develop these skills and to begin the college planning process.
Why Students Take the PSAT/NMSQT
In addition to assessing critical academic skills, the PSAT/NMSQT provides an opportunity to:
Prepare for the SAT Reasoning Test™: the test uses similar questions and the same directions.
Qualify for scholarships (if your student is in eleventh grade).
Compare scores with other college-bound students around the country.
Forecast SAT scores.
Get personalized feedback on skill strengths and weaknesses.
Get free information from colleges and scholarship programs through the Student Search Service®.
Use My College QuickStart™ to plan ahead for college and a career.
Your student has developed the skills measured by the PSAT/NMSQT over many years, both in and out of school. This test does not require him to recall specific facts from classes. Taking challenging academic courses and reading widely during the school years is the best way for your student to get ready.
Still, your student can take these steps now, to plan ahead:
Read the PSAT/NMSQT Official Student Guide and take the full-length practice test inside. Students should review the Guide to be sure they understand all the test directions and are familiar with the types of questions that will be asked. They can also get complete answer explanations online for all the questions on the practice test by clicking the following link: College Board
Visit the PSAT/NMSQT Preparation Center online to access more practice questions, and useful tips by following this link: College Board Preparation
Score Report Plus
Scores are reported to schools in December. At that time, your student will receive Score Report Plus, which includes not only itemized feedback on test questions, but advice on improving his skills as well. For each section of the test (critical reading, mathematics, and writing skills), your student receives personalized skills feedback based on his performance.
My College QuickStart™
Students who take the PSAT/NMSQT receive free access to My College QuickStart, a personalized college planning tool that complements the Score Report Plus. With the access code provided on his score report, your student can access the following:
Complete answer explanations, state and national percentiles, and projected SAT score ranges
A personalized SAT study plan based on his PSAT/NMSQT results (high school students only)
An initial list of colleges that can be personalized using additional search criteria
Personalized lists of majors and careers. Using the Personality Profiler, students can also find their personality types and receive suggestions for related majors and careers.
Students can access My College QuickStart until they graduate from high school.