Testing, which starts in third grade with the state CAASP tests and continues through 12th grade, can give parents and students a good indication of students' educational progress. While “Standard Met” is good, “Standard Exceeded,” especially in math and English, indicates that students are on track to have the most college and career options when they graduate. In middle school, students begin taking the PSAT, which will give them an understanding of their preparation for college. And In high school, the SAT, the ACT, and the AP and IB exams  further indicate college readiness and competitiveness, but families should make sure their students are aware of these tests  in elementary and middle school and and on track to earn high scores later.

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, better known as the ASVAB, tests students ability and suitability for a multitude of military jobs and careers. Like any other test, students should study and earn the highest possible score to have the most options. 

The SBAC/CAASPP is California's state testing system and scores are divided into four categories: Standard Not Met, Standard Nearly Met, Standard Met and Standard Exceeded. Students wanting to get into a top college or competitive program should aim for the upper score range for Standard Exceeded.

An image of two graphs showing the SBAC score ranges by grade level for English and Math.

The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) measures students' preparation for completing college-level coursework and starts in middle school with the PSAT 8/9 and continues into high school with the PSAT/NMSQT. The PSAT scores from the junior year are used to determine qualification for the National Merit Scholarship program.

Other Testing
For information about other testing, including AP, IB, SAT and ACT, click here.

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