Test taking

Posted: September, 25, 2017 - 11:45am

Testing on October 11

Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will participate in fall testing on Wednesday, October 11. Students will be in attendance during the normal school hours of 7:30 a.m. to 2:50 p.m., and bus transportation will follow the regular schedule.

Freshmen

In preparation for the SAT test that all students in Illinois will take their junior year, our freshmen will be taking the PSAT 8/9 test the morning of October 11. The PSAT 8/9 is a test that will help students and teachers determine a focus so that students are prepared for college upon graduation from high school. The PSAT 8/9 tests the same skills and knowledge as the SAT and the PSAT/NMSQT. As the students advance grades, we are able to use the test data from this series of tests (PSAT 8/9, PSAT 10, and SAT) to measure student growth and to evaluate the effectiveness of our curriculum.

Freshmen will start their afternoon with a motivational speaker, Bill Coon. Bill is a local author and speaker who will talk to students about grit and perseverance — characteristics he developed as a result of his two heart transplants, one as an infant and one at the age of 20. The day will continue with opportunities for our students to experience some of our elective classes. The students will have the option of choosing those elective experiences, so we can expose them to what Lakes has to offer in terms of electives for future course selection.

Sophomores

In preparation for the SAT test that all students in Illinois will take their junior year, our sophomores will be taking the PSAT 10 test the morning of October 11. The PSAT 10 is a test that will help students and teachers determine a focus so that students are ready for college upon graduation from high school. The PSAT 10 tests the same skills and knowledge as the SAT. As the students advance grades, we are able to use the test data from this series of tests (PSAT 8/9, PSAT 10, and SAT) to measure student growth and to evaluate the effectiveness of our curriculum.

Sophomores will end their day working within their English classes on activities associated with the book The Lord of the Flies. Students will participate in or see demonstrations on a variety of survival skills that are associated with the book.

Juniors

In preparation for the SAT test that all students in Illinois will take their junior year, the Class of 2019 will be taking the PSAT/NMSQT test the morning of October 11. The PSAT/NMSQT is a test that will help students and teachers determine a focus so that students are ready for college upon graduation from high school. The PSAT/NMSQT tests the same skills and knowledge as the SAT that will be administered in April 2018 to the Class of 2019.

After four hours of testing, the juniors will need a mental break, so they will end their day with a choice of activities designed to get them moving. The P.E. Department will have a variety of fun activities planned both in and out of the building for the juniors.

Seniors

No regular classes are scheduled for seniors; instead, they should use this time for volunteer hours, homework, college applications, or college visits. Seniors must indicate their plans by completing this permission slip and returning it to the Deans Office by October 5. The Information and Learning Center (ILC) will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. for seniors to get assistance with their I-Search project or to complete other school work.

Technology Campus Students

October 11 will be a calendar conflict day for all Technology Campus students from Lakes. Students will not attend on this day.

Students Testing with Accommodations

Students approved for testing accommodations from College Board will have a longer testing schedule. Some students will have lunch provided to them in the testing room in accordance with College Board procedures. Once testing rooms have finished, students will join the afternoon activities as time permits. All time schedules are preset by College Board and are not flexible. Please ensure comfortable clothing and shoes are worn for the longer testing sessions. For those students who will continue testing after 2:50 p.m., the late bus will run to ensure students get home safely. For any reason, students who cause a disruption to the testing environment will risk their test scores being canceled in accordance with College Board procedures.

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