DENISON ISD DEPARTMENTS
ACCOUNTABILITY & ASSESSMENT
House Bill 3
Other Tests At Denison ISD
CogAT – Cognitive Abilities Test, Form 7
The CogAT assesses the level and pattern of cognitive development of students, measuring both general and specific reasoning abilities. These abilities are assessed in three domains: verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal. The results of the CogAT are used by teachers to adapt instruction to the needs and abilities of their students and by student support teams as a resource in developing interventions and support. The CogAT is administered to students in grades 1, 3, 5 and 7.
PSAT – Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test
The PSAT is the qualifying examination for the National Merit Scholarship Program and is administered in October of each year by The College Board to 10th and 11th grade students. The test measures verbal reasoning skills, math problem-solving skills, critical reading skills and writing skills that have been developed by students during the course of their education. The PSAT serves as a valuable tool to assist students and their parents with early college preparation and planning.
SAT – Scholastic Aptitude Test
Universally accepted for college admissions, the SAT is a reasoning test that students need to complete college level work in any academic area. It is a three-hour test that is administered by The College Board and measures two sets of skills – verbal and mathematical reasoning. A new SAT began in the spring of 2005. Among other changes, the test now includes a writing section, and the SAT math section was expanded to cover three years of high school math.
ACT – ACT Assessment
The ACT is a national college admissions examination which covers four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading and science. It is designed to assess high school students’ general educational development and their ability to complete college level work. The ACT includes 215 multiple choice questions and takes approximately three hours to complete. Beginning in February 2005, a 30-minute Writing Test was added to the ACT Assessment as an optional component.
ASVAB – Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery
The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) program provides tools, including the test battery and interest inventory, developed by the Department of Defense to help high school and post-secondary students across the nation learn more about career exploration and planning. Results of the aptitude test and the interest inventory enable students to evaluate their skills, estimate performance in academic and vocational endeavors, and identify potentially satisfying careers. These results are integrated with work values to help students identify and prioritize possible career choices. Students are encouraged to consider their own work-related values and other important personal preferences as they explore the world of work and learn career exploration skills that will benefit them throughout their work lives.
For more information regarding these tests, please contact the campus counselor or visit the following assessment sites: