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Testing & Assessment

Several standardized tests are either required or available to students at Eden Prairie High School. Click on the grade levels below to view a summary of these tests organized by grade.

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PSAT

2019 DATES:

  • Registration opens on September 16 at 12:01am
  • Registration deadline is October 7
  • Test administered on Wednesday, October 16
  • Cost is $25

The Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) measures verbal reasoning, critical reading, Math problem solving, and writing skills that students have developed over many years, both in and out of school. Typically, college-bound students take this test in their junior year. The PSAT/NMSQT is the entryway to the National Merit Scholarship Program. The scholarship competition is only available to students who are juniors. Generally, juniors who score in the top 0.5% earn National Merit Semifinalist status.  Juniors and sophomores also choose to take the PSAT/NMSQT for practice under test conditions.

PSAT Registration Website

Download PSAT Informational Letter

Freshmen

ACT/Aspire

  • Aligns with the ACT and provides students with a predicted outcome on the ACT
  • Tests the same five areas (English, math, reading, science, writing) as the ACT
  • Incorporates multiple question types (constructed response, selected response, technology enhanced) to help prepare students for future assessments
  • The test is offered in the spring

AP Tests

  • Students who wish to earn college credit may take AP tests.
    You don’t need to take a course to take the exam in the subject.
  • Successful scores give students the opportunity to receive advanced placement and/or credit in college.
  • AP Examinations are offered in 33 courses covering 19 subject areas.
  • Examinations are offered on national test days in May. Pre­registration is required in October; see Steve Rollin in the South Student Center for more information.

Credit for Learning

  • Eden Prairie High School has a Credit for Prior Learning policy which provides students the opportunity to demonstrate prior learning.
    A student may test out of a course if he or she is able to demonstrate prior knowledge and mastery of the course outcomes.
  • Each department determines the appropriate assessments and acceptable level of performance.
  • A student may not test out of any course in which they are currently enrolled.
  • Testing will occur twice per year. All applications for this testing must be completed by November 1 for terms 3 & 4 and April 1 for terms 1 & 2 of the next school year.
  • Forms for the Credit for Prior Learning process are available through the Gifted Services Coordinator.

Sophomores

MCA Reading Test

  • The MCA reading test measures the degree to which students are proficient in reading.
  • The test is offered in the Spring.

MCA Science Test

  • Measures the degree to which students are proficient on state-aligned science standards
  • Students are assessed after completing their initial Biology course (usually taken by sophomores) at EPHS
  • Provides the school with information on how the science curriculum is aligned with state standards
  • The test is offered in the winter (1st semester students) and spring (2nd semester students)

PSAT

  • Recommended for college-bound juniors. Sophomores may also take the PSAT.
  • The PSAT measures verbal, math, and writing skills. It provides practice for SAT Reasoning Test and entry to the National Merit Scholarship Program.
  • Considered a pre­ SAT; students may opt out of taking the PLAN and take this test instead.
  • Pre­registration is required in September, information will be in the Daily Bulletin.
  • Offered in October.
  • Cost is $25.

AP Tests

  • Students who wish to earn college credit may take AP tests.
  • You don’t need to take a course to take the exam in the subject.
  • Successful scores give students the opportunity to receive advanced placement and/or credit in college.
  • AP Examinations are offered in 33 courses covering 19 subject areas.
  • Examinations are offered on national test days in May.
  • Pre­registration is required in October; see Steve Rollin in the South Student Center for more information.

Credit for Learning

  • Eden Prairie High School has a Credit for Prior Learning policy which provides students the opportunity to demonstrate prior learning.
  • A student may test out of a course if he or she is able to demonstrate prior knowledge and mastery of the course outcomes.
  • Each department determines the appropriate assessments and acceptable level of performance.
  • A student may not test out of any course in which they are currently enrolled.
  • Testing will occur twice per year. All applications for this testing must be completed by November 1 for terms 3 & 4 and April 1 for terms 1 & 2 of the next school year. Forms for the Credit for Prior Learning process are available through the Gifted Services Coordinator.

Juniors

MCA Math Test

  • The MCA math test measures the degree to which students are proficient in math.
  • The test is offered in the Spring. 

ACT

  • Students planning to attend college after graduation should take the ACT and/or SAT tests.
  • The ACT is the most popular test for our students
  • The ACT is administered on five national test dates (February, April and June are the recommended test dates for Juniors.)
  • It measures skills in five major curriculum areas: English, mathematics, reading, writing, and science reasoning. Information is available at www.act.org.
  • The ACT offers an optional Writing test; some colleges require it.
  • Cost for ACT (no writing) is $35; ACT Plus writing is $50.50.
  • Many students take the test more than once to improve their score.

SAT

  • Students planning to attend college after graduation should take the SAT and/or ACT tests.
  • It is recommended that the college bound juniors take the ACT and/or SAT in the spring of their junior year and that seniors who have not tested or need to retake these test(s) do so in the fall of their senior year.
  • The SAT test is primarily a multiple choice and measures critical reading, math, and writing abilities.
  • The SAT Subject Tests measure your knowledge of particular subjects and your ability to apply that knowledge, and should be taken as soon after completing the appropriate coursework as possible.
  • Information on the SAT tests is available at www.collegeboard.com.
  • Cost for the SAT is $45.
  • Many students take the test more than once to improve their score.

AP Tests

  • Students who wish to earn college credit may take AP tests.
  • You don’t need to take a course to take the exam in the subject.
  • Successful scores give students the opportunity to receive advanced placement and/or credit in college.
  • AP Examinations are offered in 33 courses covering 19 subject areas.
  • Examinations are offered on national test days in May.
  • Pre­registration is required in October; see Steve Rollin in the South Student Center for more information.

Credit for Learning

  • Eden Prairie High School has a Credit for Prior Learning policy which provides students the opportunity to demonstrate prior learning.
  • A student may test out of a course if he or she is able to demonstrate prior knowledge and mastery of the course outcomes.
  • Each department determines the appropriate assessments and acceptable level of performance.
  • A student may not test out of any course in which they are currently enrolled.
  • Testing will occur twice per year. All applications for this testing must be completed by November 1 for terms 3 & 4 and April 1 for terms 1 & 2 of the next school year.
  • Forms for the Credit for Prior Learning process are available through the Gifted Services Coordinator.

Seniors

ACT

  • Students planning to attend college after graduation should take the ACT and/or SAT tests.
  • The ACT is the most popular test for our students
  • The ACT is administered on five national test dates (February, April and June are the recommended test dates for Juniors.)
  • It measures skills in five major curriculum areas: English, mathematics, reading, writing, and science reasoning. Information is available at www.act.org.
  • The ACT offers an optional Writing test; some colleges require it.
  • Cost for ACT (no writing) is $35; ACT Plus writing is $50.50.
  • Many students take the test more than once to improve their score.

SAT

  • Students planning to attend college after graduation should take the SAT and/or ACT tests.
  • It is recommended that the college bound juniors take the ACT and/or SAT in the spring of their junior year and that seniors who have not tested or need to retake these test(s) do so in the fall of their senior year.
  • The SAT test is primarily a multiple choice and measures critical reading, math, and writing abilities.
  • The SAT Subject Tests measure your knowledge of particular subjects and your ability to apply that knowledge, and should be taken as soon after completing the appropriate coursework as possible.
  • Information on the SAT tests is available at www.collegeboard.com.
  • Cost for the SAT is $45.
  • Many students take the test more than once to improve their score.
  • National Merit Semi-­Finalists will be required to take the SAT.

AP Tests

  • Students who wish to earn college credit may take AP tests.
  • You don’t need to take a course to take the exam in the subject.
  • Successful scores give students the opportunity to receive advanced placement and/or credit in college.
  • AP Examinations are offered in 33 courses covering 19 subject areas.
  • Examinations are offered on national test days in May.
  • Pre­registration is required in October; see Steve Rollin in the South Student Center for more information.

Credit for Learning

  • Eden Prairie High School has a Credit for Prior Learning policy which provides students the opportunity to demonstrate prior learning.
  • A student may test out of a course if he or she is able to demonstrate prior knowledge and mastery of the course outcomes.
  • Each department determines the appropriate assessments and acceptable level of performance.
  • A student may not test out of any course in which they are currently enrolled.
  • Testing will occur twice per year. All applications for this testing must be completed by November 1 for terms 3 & 4 and April 1 for terms 1 & 2 of the next school year.
  • Forms for the Credit for Prior Learning process are available through the Gifted Services Coordinator.