Assessments


Sign-up for the SAT with Essay is January 15th - February 12th through your CollegeBoard account!


 Student Essay opt in window
January 15-February 12, 2019!!

  • Student opts in through their College Board Account
    • Test day changes will not be allowed.
    • Essay test booklets and multiple choice booklets will be supplied for those students who opt-in during the window.

 

  • This will be the only opportunity for students who wish to take the optional essay to add it to their April school day test registration. Students may add the essay to their registration through their online College Board account or by calling the College Board. Schools will not receive extra essay materials for test day changes, therefore please be sure you register during the window.

  • Additional Information:

o The SAT Essay is scored separately from the SAT. A student’s score on the essay will not improve or reduce their score on the SAT.

o The essay may be required by some colleges and universities. To find out a particular school’s essay policies go to: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/college-essay-policies

o The optional essay is only offered as part of the 11th grade SAT. There is no essay option for the PSAT 8/9 for 9th graders or the PSAT 10 for 10th graders.

o Flyer for students on how to register for the optional SAT Essay is posted on the CollegeBoard.org/Colorado website under the For Students and Parents section.

 


The Essay Prompt-It is linked here on the College Board website.

The prompt (question) shown below, or a nearly identical one, is used every time the SAT is given.

As you read the passage below, consider how [the author] uses evidence, such as facts or examples, to support claims.

  • evidence, such as facts or examples, to support claims.

  • reasoning to develop ideas and to connect claims and evidence.

  • stylistic or persuasive elements, such as word choice or appeals to emotion, to add power to the ideas expressed.


Write an essay in which you explain how [the author] builds an argument to persuade [his/her] audience that [author’s claim]. In your essay, analyze how [the author] uses one or more of the features listed above (or features of your own choice) to strengthen the logic and persuasiveness of [his/her] argument. Be sure that your analysis focuses on the most relevant features of the passage. Your essay should not explain whether you agree with [the author’s] claims, but rather explain how the author builds an argument to persuade [his/her] audience.

 


Ponderosa High School is a comprehensive high school that offers a variety of national assessments to serve the needs of our students. The assessments you find in this section are given to assist with college admission, program placement, and serve as a means of ensuring a top quality education.

PSAT/NMSQT/SAT

PSAT 8/9, PSAT 10 and SAT Information is located on the College Board website: https://www.collegeboard.org/

SUBJECT TESTS
The SAT Subject Tests are hour-long, content-based tests that let students distinguish themselves in the college admission process by highlighting their strengths and interests in a specific subject areas, including math, science, history, literature, and languages. For more information, visit satsubjecttests.org.

PSAT/NMSQT/SAT

College Board and Khan Academy have joined together to help prepare students for the SAT Suite of Assessments (SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10 and PSAT 8/9).
The website has the information needed to sign up for FREE assistance: https://www.khanacademy.org/sat

Students can also visit sat.org/practice to access a FREE official SAT practice app, full SAT practice tests, and sample SAT questions.


(The Colorado Department of Education strongly recommends that students and parents review and discuss the
Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policies of these organizations prior to creating an online account.)
Khan Academy Privacy Notice

CollegeBoard Advanced Placement



Offering more than 30 courses, the College Board’s Advanced Placement program enables students to pursue college-level studies with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement or both while still in high school. Advanced placement information can be found by visiting the AP website: https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/exploreap

ASVAB



The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a career and vocational test used by the military to determine aptitudes in reading, math, science, as well as mechanical and vocational aptitudes. For more information about the ASVAB, please visit their website: 
ASVAB explained.

The ACT



ACT® dates, times and locations can be found by visiting the ACT® website: actstudent.org 
The ACT® is the leading US college admissions test, measuring what you learn in high school to determine your academic readiness for college.


Assessment Coordinator

Anitra GallegosAnitra Gallegos
Assistant Principal
anitra.gallegos@dcsdk12.org
303.387.4007

Parent Resources

Parent Portal Login
Updating Parent Portal Info
• If you do not have a portal account, contact the registrar at: peggy.laverty@dcsdk12.org

Resources

SAT: Word of the Day

Accessing Khan Academy

PSAT/NMSQT & PSAT 10 Calculator Policy

SAT Calculator Policy

Daily Practice App

SAT Practice Tests

PSAT 10 Practice Test

PSAT 8/9 Inside the PSAT

State Mandated Assessments

DCSD Assessment Policy

PHS:  HB15-1323

DCSD Assessment Schedule 

State Assessments - Why?

Assessment Excusal
Please complete by
December 15, 2019.
• You must have a Parent Portal account prior to excusing your student from assessments.  (See Portal sign-up instructions above.)

Parent Portal Login
Updating Parent Portal Info
• If you do not have a portal account, contact the registrar at: peggy.laverty@dcsdk12.org

If you are a parent/guardian requesting a paper version of the CMAS assessment - please email 
anitra.gallegos@dcsdk12.org by December 5, 2019.

Test Preparation

CMAS practice assessments

College Direction

CollegeBoard & Khan Academy Account Set Up

Khan Academy

Learning Foundations

Class 101

Disclaimer: The links under test preparation will guide users to sites outside of Douglas County School District.  While we do not believe any of these sites will have inappropriate content, Ponderosa High School and the DCSD are not responsible for their content.

 

 

 

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