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What are your plans for high school and beyond? Below are a variety of assessment tests for high school matriculation, college admission and placement, and other potential career path options.

High School

HSA - The HSA includes several subject tests required by Maryland State Department of Education in order for a student to graduate from high school.

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. The PSAT/NMSQT measures critical reading, math problem solving and writing skills.

College/University (2 year junior/community colleges and 4 year college/universities)

ACT-The American College Testing Assessment is designed to test your skill levels in English, math, reading, and science reasoning. On the test, you will have 2 hours and 55 minutes to complete a variety of multiple choice questions divided into four sections- one for each tested subject area. The English, reading, and science sections each include several reading passages with anywhere from 5 to 15 questions per passage. The math section includes 60 questions -each with 5 possible answer choices.

Accuplacer- This is a placement test designed by the College Board that most colleges require students to take to determine their level of placement in college courses. If students do not score high enough in some cases they may be placed in remedial, non-credit bearing courses.

SAT-The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test that lets you show colleges what you know and how well you can apply that knowledge. It tests your knowledge of reading, writing and math — subjects that are taught every day in high school classrooms. Most students take the SAT during their junior or senior year of high school, and almost all colleges and universities use the SAT to make admission decisions.

The SAT and SAT Subject Tests are designed to assess your academic readiness for college. These exams provide a path to opportunities, financial support, and scholarships in a way that's fair to all students. The SAT and SAT Subject Tests keep pace with what colleges are looking for today by measuring the skills required for success in the 21st century.

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Additional test options

ASVAB-The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery is the most widely used multiple-aptitude test battery in the world. As an aptitude test, the ASVAB measures your strengths, weaknesses, and potential for future success. The ASVAB also provides you with career information for various civilian and military occupations and is an indicator for success in future endeavors whether you choose to go to college, vocational school, or a military career.