ACTs Educational Planning and Assessment System - College and Career Readiness System Adopted by Diocesan Department of Catholic Schools in May of 2011 EXPLORE – Entry point of EPAS PLAN (10th grade) – Precursor to the ACT ACT – Predictor of success at entry level college coursework
College and Career ReadinessSystem Longitudinal Assessments8th–9th Grade 10th Grade 11th–12th GradeScore Scale: 1-25 Score Scale: 1-32 Score Scale: 1-36English, math, reading, science, with Career and Educational Components ACT EPAS Educational Planning and Assessment System They are achievement tests – tests of acquired or developed abilities. They are not going to tell you how smart – tells you the level of achievement.
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• EXPLORE shows students’ strengths and growth areas in English, mathematics, reading, and science. • EXPLORE helps students search for careers and learn which ones might be right for them. • EXPLORE helps students choose high school courses that will prepare them for college and work. • EXPLORE lets students know if they are on track for collegeSlide 4
*The ACT Benchmark Score indicates a 50% chance of obtaining a “B” or a75% chance of obtaining a “C” in corresponding credit-bearing college courses.
Students should know the test structure Reading is essential to success on all parts of the test It is a timed test. Students may not have taken timed tests – especially with this much content The test is designed to have unanswerable questions All questions are worth the same number of points
The test does not progress from easy to hard in terms of subject matter Students can miss half the questions on the tests and still score right at the benchmark in most areas. Ex. To score a 20 on the ACT, a student only has to answer 53% of the questions correctly.
Lots of items; not a lot of time So… work efficiently Can miss quite a few; still get a good score So… don’t compare right/wrong ratio to other tests Every question within a section has the same value So… don’t puzzle over time-consuming questions Some of the items may be really difficult So… accept that you may be stumped. Guess! Difficulty levels are mixed together