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Standardized Testing Information

Standardized tests are administered at all grade levels through Student Support Services and supported by SHS Administration in an effort to link the academic, college, and career data to the development of curriculum and programs offered at SHS.  Test scores are not released to anyone except the high school and the student’s family; scores will NOT be released to colleges. SHS standardized testing centers on achievement and college admissions. The following is an outline of college admissions testing which begins during a student’s freshman year.

  Program Grade Level Composite Score Range

SHS Average
Composite Score 

National Average 
 Composite Score

ASPIRE 9th Grade ACT Practice  Click here for scoring ranges  N/A  N/A
WKCE 10th Grade Assessment in Social Studies & Science Click here for proficiency level descriptions N/A  N/A
ACT 11th and 12th Grade
College Entrance Standardized Test 
1 to 36 24.7 21.1 
PSAT 11th grade intro to College Board testing

If students are unhappy with the results of their test, they are encouraged to use the results from this test and the test booklet that is given to the student as a study guide to learn what areas to improve.  In addition, a student can sign up to take an ACT Prep course to learn testing strategies and receive specific instruction about the content the student will see on the ACT.  Options for prep courses are offered through our Recreation Department, as well as a course offered at UW Milwaukee.


9th Grade:   All freshman will take the ASPIRE test, which is a 9th grade level pre-ACT test. This test includes a career interest inventory component.

10th Grade:   All sophomores take the Wisconsin Student Assessment System Knowledge and Concepts Examination (WKCE).

11th Grade:   Juniors take the PSAT/NMSQT as another mode of practice for the SAT/ACT. Scores from this test are used to qualify students for the National Merit Scholarship Competition. (See glossary under PSAT/NMSQT). In the spring of junior year, it is recommended that students take the ACT (American College Test) and/or the SAT I (Reasoning Test). The SAT II, subject tests, may be required by some prospective colleges.

12th Grade:   Students may need to take or retake the ACT, SAT I and/or SAT II. Most testing needs to be completed by January in order to meet college application deadlines. 

Testing Links

ACT information and online registration: http:www.act.org
SAT information and online registration: www.collegeboard.org


ACT Test
The ACT® college readiness assessment is a curriculum- and standards-based educational and career planning tool that assesses students' academic readiness for college. 

ACT Aspire maps learner progress from grades three through high school on a vertical scale, anchored to the scoring system of the ACT. 

Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination (WKCE)
This examination includes tests in reading, mathematics, language, science, and social sciences. There is an essay writing component.

Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT)
For juniors the PSAT is the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship competition and for special recognition programs for African-American and Hispanic students. The PSAT serves as an introduction to College Board testing (SAT I, II & AP). It includes three sections: verbal, mathematics, and writing.

Advanced Placement (AP) Tests
Given in May at the completion of a special course of study, these tests are used for placement or credit once you’ve been admitted to a college. Not usually used in admissions, they should not be considered as a replacement for a SAT II test in the subject; for example, if you take AP Biology, you may take both the AP and the SAT II Biology test. Shorewood High School offers preparation for the Advanced Placement examinations in English, Statistics, Calculus AB, Studio Art, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, French, and Spanish. To request AP test scores, go to www.collegeboard.org

Online preparation and registration for these standardized tests

American College Test (ACT)
This three hour, multiple - choice test has sections on English, Mathematics, Reading, Science Reasoning and an optional Writing portion. Scale is 0 - 36. It is used by colleges as part of their admission process. To learn more about the Explore and Plan test, as well as, register for the ACT, please visit the ACT website.  www.actstudent.org  

Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT)     

SAT I: Reasoning Test
This three hour, mostly multiple choice test with writing sample is designed to measure aptitude in verbal and mathematical areas. It is used by some colleges as part of their admission process.

SAT II: Subject Tests
A variety of subject areas are covered by one - hour tests. Best taken as you complete a subject, these tests are required for admission and/or placement by some highly selective colleges

To learn more, to practice, and to register for the SAT, please visit the College Board website.

SHS Calendar

    • TueApr03 2018 Spring Election
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