2013 Prairie State Achievement Exam
The PSAE is a statewide high school achievement test for Grade 11 students.
All students must take the Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE) in Spring
of their junior year as a requirement for graduation.
The exam will be administered to the Class of 2014 on April 23, 2013 and April 24, 2013.
The Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) measures student knowledge of the State Standards
for Learning in English, Reading, Mathematics, and Science.
The PSAE is a two-day battery of tests comprised of the ACT, ISBE-developed Science test and two WorkKeys tests,
Reading for Information and Applied Mathematics developed by ACT.
As a part of the PSAE, students will receive an official ACT score that can be used for college admission.
We feel fortunate that the State of Illinois selected the ACT Assessment as part of their testing program and that we will
be able to offer all students in District 214 an opportunity to take this important exam at no cost.
Please note: There is NO Writing portion this year.
The WorkKeys tests measure skills that employers feel are critical to job success.
Many employers use WorkKeys test scores to determine whether a job applicant is suited for a particular job.
NOTE: STUDENTS DO NOT REGISTER FOR THIS STATE ACT.
STUDENTS NEED TO BRING ACCEPTABLE ID (school ID / Drivers License)
NO ELECTRONIC DEVICES, including CELL PHONES!
TEST DATES: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 and Wednesday, April 24, 2013.
There will be Special Testing and Late Arrival Schedules on the two PSAE testing days.
On the first day, April 23th, Juniors will take an ACT. ACT will mail the scores home four to seven weeks after the test.
Juniors who miss testing on April 23rd must make it up on May 7th.
On April 24th, Juniors will take two ACT WorkKeys exams plus the Illinois State Board of Education science test. Students will receive these test scores the following Fall.
Juniors who miss testing on April 24th must make it up on May 8th.
Prairie State Questions (Click here) Prairie State Achievement Examination Parent Brochure (click here)
Please note: Juniors are strongly encouraged to create an online ACT Web Account at www.actstudent.org PRIOR to PSAE testing.
There is no cost to create this online account and it will allow a student to access their scores sooner, as well as easily send scores to colleges and universities. If a student waits until AFTER PSAE testing, even if they create the ACT Web Account, they will NOT be able to access their PSAE scores online.
2013 EPAS Testing (ACT's Educational Planning and Assessment System):
These exams will be administered to Freshmen and Sophomores on April 23, 2013.
will take the PLAN
, a test developed by ACT.
The PLAN consists of three major parts - academic tests, interest inventory and a student information section.
The academic tests are designed to measure student attainment of the knowledge and skills acquired in
English, Mathematics, Reading and Science reasoning.
- Freshmen will take the PLAN and Interest Inventory on Tuesday, April 23rd.
- Scores from the PLAN may be used to pinpoint areas of weaknesses and to predict ACT scores.
- Results from the PLAN will also help identify students in need of remediation.
The PLAN is used in conjunction with the EXPLORE test to measure continued academic growth.
This assessment is designed to provide assistance to students and parents early in the educational process.
It serves as a checkpoint for future coursework plans and interests.
NOTE: Freshmen who miss testing on April 23rd must make it up on Thursday, April 25th,
reporting to the Assessment Center, Room 143 at 7:15 a.m.
Sophomores will take a retired ACT (IACT).
The Institutional American College Testing Service Assessment (IACT)
is a retired form of the (ACT) assessment
and measures educational development in the areas of English, Mathematics, Reading and Science reasoning.
- Sophomores will take the I-ACT on Tuesday, April 23rd.
- The I-ACT provides valuable practice for the high-stakes PSAE exam which will be taken junior year.
- Scores from the I-ACT may be used to pinpoint areas of weaknesses and to predict ACT scores.
- Results from the I-ACT will also help identify students in need of remediation.
This assessment measures skills necessary for success in high school, including students’ reasoning abilities
and knowledge of subject matter fields. This test will provide students with individualized information on their performance.
The IACT is used in conjunction with the EXPLORE test and the PLAN test to measure continued academic growth.
It serves as a checkpoint for future coursework plans and interests. Both of these tests are reliable predictors of performance on the ACT.
NOTE: Sophomores who miss testing on April 23rd must make it up on Thursday, April 25th,
reporting to the Assessment Center, Room 143 at 7:15 a.m.
The Testing Schedule is as follows
Tuesday, April 23
- Testing for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will start at 7:30 a.m. and end at approximately 11:30 a.m.
There will be NO CLASSES
conducted after testing on Tuesday.
Buses will pick up students at the regular time on Tuesday, and will leave Prospect to return students to their homes at approximately 11:40 a.m.
There will be NO ACTIVITY buses on Tuesday; however, there will be ATHLETIC buses at the normal times.
Wednesday, April 24
- Testing for juniors only
will occur from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
There will be a bus run for juniors at the regular time.
ALL PROSPECT STUDENTS are expected to attend classes from 10:40 a.m. to 2:50 p.m
. (see Bell Schedule below)
There will be a second bus run for freshmen, sophomores and seniors.
This second bus run will begin routes at 9:40 a.m. arriving at Prospect by1 0:20 a.m.
There will be activity buses and athletic buses at the normal times.
APRIL 24, 2013 BELL SCHEDULE - (Wednesday)
Period 4 10:40 - 11:10 30 Minutes - LUNCH
Period 5 11:15 - 11:45 30 Minutes - LUNCH
Period 6 11:50 - 12:20 30 Minutes - LUNCH
Period 1 12:25 - 12:50 25 Minutes
Period 2 12:55 - 1:20 25 Minutes
Period 3 1:25 - 1:50 25 Minutes
Period 7 1:55 - 2:20 25 Minutes
Period 8 2:25 - 2:50 25 Minutes
NOTE: SENIORS will NOT attend school on Tuesday, April 23rd,
but are expected to attend classes on Wednesday, April 24th from 10:40 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.
Prospect will be conducting Advanced Placement review sessions for seniors on both days.
Seniors taking Advanced Placement courses are encouraged to attend the review sessions.
AP teachers will provide further information to their students.
These testing days are important ones for ALL Prospect students. Please encourage your children to
get a good night's rest and to eat a nourishing breakfast in order to maximize test performance!
The administration and staff of Prospect High School wish all of our JUNIORS well
as they take the MANDATORY Prairie State Achievement Examination!