The Testing Lady

1.  HSPT, High School Placement Test.
2.  ISEE, Independent School Entrance Examination. 

What are they?
General assessment tests measure a student’s comprehension of acquired skills and content.

What are they used for?
Used as criteria for college and military entrance.  To place students in appropriate level of college courses and help students get additional help if they need it.

Standford 10 Achievement Test
Of all of the achievement tests, the Stanford 10 Achievement Test is considered the most rigorous.

Iowa Achievement Test

California Achievement Test, CAT
Of the three achievement tests--Standford 10, Iowa Basic Skills, and the CAT--the CAT is considered the easiest.

What is the CAHSEE?  The acronym stands for California High School Exit Exam.  California Deptarment of Education explains it thus.  The CAHSEE is given to 10th graders each March.  Despite the school's campaign for passage, the state puts very little pressure on students to pass.  If a student does not pass the test in the 10th grade, she has more chances to take the test. Students can take the test 2 times in the 11th grade.  And as incredible as this sounds, incredible because the test is easy, students can take the test up to 5 times in grade 12.  In 2013, the CAHSEE was given on March 12 and 13.  If you're looking for help in the CAHSEE Math, then I suggest signing up at the Khan Academy (it's free) and watch the videos posted there as they progress from easy to more difficult. 

CLEP, College-Level Examination Program.  If your child wants to test out of a number of classes in his college freshman year, have him take CLEP Exams while in high school, starting in the 9th grade.  Want to save money on college?  Then have your son take CLEP exams in high school.  For the English Literature CLEP exam, start here. And here is a sample question for the American Literature test.  

Please note:
**You must get a statement in writing in advance regarding the college's acceptance of CLEPs, APs, and DSSTs.  Each school is different.

List of books you are expected to have read in preparation for a CLEP English exam:

10.               Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
11.               Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter
12.               Ralph Ellison's The Invisible Man
13.               Richard Wright's Black Boy
14.               Richard Wright's Native Son
15.               Stephen Crane's Maggie, a Girl of the Streets
16.               Stephen Crane's Red Badge of Courage
17.               Stephen Crane's War Is Kind
18.               Willa Cather's Death Comes for the Archbishop
19.               Willa Cather's My Antonia
20.               Willa Cather's O Pioneers!
21.               Willa Cather's The Song of the Lark
22.               William Faulkner's The Light in August
23.               William Faulkner's The Sound and Fury

1.  What is the purpose of the SAT?  To secure admissions to the college or university of your choice. 
2.  How is the SAT scored?  Each section--math, writing, & reading--is scored separately.  Possible points for each section is 200–800 points with in 10-point increments.  Since there are 3 parts to the test, your total score will range between 600–2400.  Essay scored on scale of 0–12, in 1-point increments.
3.  What's a good SAT score?  
4.  What are the SAT test dates?
5.  Is it offered in any country?  Yes.  It's offered worldwide.
6.  How many times a year is it offered?  Seven times (7).

The SAT consists of three parts: Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing. The scores from each section can range from 200 to 800, making the best possible score 2400. An average score for each section is roughly 500, bringing the average total score to about 1500. For the 1.65 million test-takers in the class of 2011, the mean scores were 497 for critical reading, 514 in math, and 489 in writing.  You can do better, much, much better.

SAT, Scholastic Aptitude Test


ACT, American College Testing
Do you know the average scores across the country?  For the SAT it is 1500; for the ACT it is 20 or 21.

Want to try a sample ACT exam?

The SAT and the ACT are the two primary tests used by college officials when evaluating applicants for admission. Most colleges will accept either of these two tests, but it is a good idea to check the website of the college that you're applying to to find out if one of the tests is preferred.  The SAT is a reasoning test--the student is required to take knowledge and apply it--while the ACT tests a student's knowledge of specific subject matter in four categories. 

Especially in the case of a home-schooled applicant, it is important to do well on the SAT or ACT because colleges view these test scores as objective and credible indicators of a student's readiness to do college level work. These test scores are also often used by scholarship committees as criteria for awarding scholarships. For this reason, I recommend that students prepare for these tests by using some type of test prep materials. http://www.hslda.org/highschool/testing.asp#satact

The SAT test may be taken as many times as you desire - or until your money runs out! The ACT, on the other hand, has a maximum of 12 times.  Scores almost always rise when taking the test a second time simply because the student is more comfortable with the format of the test and the testing environment. Most colleges continue to use the highest test score the student achieved, and some colleges will even "super score." Super scoring refers to colleges taking the highest scores from each individual section of the test and adding them together to come up with the highest possible composite score even if the highest scores on individual sections were taken on different test dates. It's wise to check with individual college policies regarding test scoring.

CELTA, Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

ETS, Educational Testing Services

IELTS, International English Language Testing System. FAQs here.

iTEP, International Test of English Proficiency

TEFL Institute, Teaching of English as a Foreign Language

TOEFL, Test of English as a Foreign Language.  The test assesses a non-native speaker's academic English language proficiency as preparation for studying at US universities.

TOEIC, Test of English for International Communications.  This test measures the ability of non-native English speakers to use English in everyday, workplace settings and activities.

TSE, Test of Spoken English

McGraw-Hill's GED The Most Complete and Reliable Study Program for the GED Tests [Paperback].

Engineering Exams
1.  FE Exams, Fundamentals of Engineering Exam
2.  Heriot Watt's distance learning, PetE program.  
3.  NCEES, National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveyors.  If you see the letters P.E. besides any engineering exam or license, it means Professional Engineer.
4.  GIT Exam, Geologist-in-Training Exam.
5.  Heriot Watt Institute of Petroleum Engineering.
6.  Distance Learning in Mining @ Missouri's Science & Technology Mining ProgramMissouri's S&T Mining Program.
7.  Six Sigma Black Belt Certification

Management Exams
1.  Project Management Professional, PMP.
2.  Project Management Body of Knowledge, PMBOK.  And PMBOK Guide.
3.  Rita Mulcahy, instructor for PMP & PMBOK, came recommended. 
4.  What is PLC?  Programmable Logic Controller.
5.  CAPM, Certified Associate in Project Management.  

Manufacturing Exams
1.   ASQ, American Society for Quality 
2.   CSSBB, Certified Six Sigma Black Belt.  What are the benefits of this exam?

Military Exams
1.  Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery or ASVAB. The guide, pictured below, can be purchased here.

2.  DSST, Dantes Standardized Subjects TestDANTES stands for Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support
3.  DSST Exams (formerly DANTES Subject Standardized Tests) are credit-by-examination tests originated by the United States Department of Defense's Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) program.

Nursing Exams
1.  National League for Nursing.
2.  Test of Essential Academic Skills for Nurses.

Teacher Certification Exams
PRAXIS, part of the ETS, Educational Testing Services, are qualifying exams prior to granting teaching licenses.  These tests measure two things--one, core competency of one's subject and two, your ability to actually teach.  

Wikipedia has a good explanation as to what the word praxis means:  In Ancient Greek the word praxis (π
ρᾶξις) referred to activity engaged in by free menAristotle held that there were three basic activities of an: theoriapoiesis and praxis. There corresponded to these kinds of activity three types of knowledge: theoretical, to which the end goal was truth; poietical, to which the end goal was production; and practical, to which the end goal was action. Aristotle further divided practical knowledge into ethics, economics, and politics. He also distinguished between eupraxia (εὐπραξία, "good praxis") [2]  and dyspraxia  (δυσπραξία, "bad praxis, misfortune").
1.  RICA, Reading Instruction Competent Assessment.
2.  NES, National Evaluation Series.
3.  CPACE, California Preliminary Administrative Credential Examination.
4.  WEST, Washington Educators Skills Test, Designated World Languages, Latin.
5.  CTEL, California Teachers of English Learners.

1.  TECEP, Thomas Edison State College Examination Program.