Testing Updates - 3/31/2021
Spring Testing Update
Per recent announcements and decisions by the Illinois State Board of Education, many of the previously scheduled spring assessments have been cancelled or modified. The following information pertains to the Spring Accountability Testing calendar:
The April PSAT 8/9 for freshmen has been cancelled.
The April PSAT 10 for sophomores has been cancelled.
The School Day SAT is no longer a graduation requirement for the class of 2021 (current seniors). If a senior student did not take the fall administration of the SAT, they do not have to take it this spring.
The School Day SAT remains a graduation requirement for the class of 2022 (current juniors). This letter was recently sent to all junior students and families about the School Day SAT that will occur on Tuesday, April 13.
If you have any questions about the revised testing calendar, please contact Matt Wallace (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Second Semester School Day Testing Schedule
This letter was recently sent out regarding all second semester school day testing that will occur at HPHS. The testing applies to all freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and some seniors who did not take the state required SAT in September or October of 2020.
The first exam of second semester is the PSAT/NMSQT, which is only available to juniors. The letter contains a Google Form for registration purposes. We ask that all juniors fill out the form whether they plan to take the exam or not. This will help us plan accordingly for staffing and room usage.
Important AP Exam Information:
The deadline to register for AP exams was Friday, 11/13. If you were not registered for the exam associated with your AP class(es) on 11/5, you received an email from Assistant Principal, Matthew Wallace. At this point, any student who registers for an AP exam will incur a late fee of $40. If you need to register for an exam, you must join your class section on the My AP Classroom portal. In order to join the classroom, you will need a College Board account and the class specific join code. You may already have a College Board account if you have previously taken an AP class or if you have accessed any PSAT or SAT scores in the past. You can contact your teacher for the class specific join code if needed.
This letter was shared with all HPHS families in early November that has more details.
National (Weekend) Testing
Upcoming National ACT/SAT weekend testing dates include:
ACT: December 12, 2020 (DHS)
ACT: February 6, 2021 (HPHS)
SAT: March 13, 2021 (DHS)
ACT: April 17, 2021 (HPHS and DHS)
SAT: May 8, 2021 (DHS)
SAT: June 5, 2021 (HPHS)
2020-2021 AP Testing
Highland Park High School offers a variety of opportunities for students to take college entrance exams, or exams that prepare them for future college entrance exams, throughout their high school career. Additionally, Highland Park High School offers a variety of Advanced Placement (AP) courses. These courses provide the foundation for students to demonstrate content specific skills on AP exams. See below for information related to the SAT, ACT and AP exams. Use the navigation bar on the left to find more specific information related to testing for all HPHS students.All colleges and universities accept either the ACT or SAT for college admissions purposes. Links to these sites are below. In addition to administering the SAT, College Board also administers Subject Tests and AP examinations. Students are advised to consider both of these tests as possibilities, the exams test different abilities so students may test better on one or the other. Contact your student's counselor or consult one of the College Counselors for advice on which test is appropriate for your student.Click the links below for additional information on the ACT and SAT, as well as Advanced Placement Testing; click the links at left for information on testing dates.
- All students enrolled in an AP course should login to their MY AP account (or create one if needed) and join their specific class section(s). Teachers can provide the the section specific Join Code.
- College Board has eliminated the $40 cancellation fee for this school year. Therefore, all students who join their class section on the MY AP portal will automatically be registered for the test. More specific information about fees and dates related to fees will be shared in the near future.
There are also a growing number of colleges that do not require standardized testing for admissions purposes, or that have modified testing policies. For a comprehensive list of these schools check out www.fairtest.org.