Testing for high school students is something every student must go through. We feel that preparation and an understanding of what to expect is very beneficial. We hope that you will find the information on this page helpful as you help your child/children navigate through the school year.
Student Learning Objective (SLO) Tests and End of Course (EOC) Tests
Standardized testing is a form of testing that is created, administered, and scored in the same way for all students in order to obtain an objective picture of student, teacher, school, and district performance. Designed to measure how well students learned the skills important to meet state standards, these tests are excellent objective indicators of student performance. Because the tests are written, administered, and scored in the same way regardless of student, school, or district, they can give a clear picture of how schools are meeting educational standards.
Standardized test scores are an additional source of information to assess academic performance and a student’s coursework. Day-to-day test scores, homework, portfolios, and projects are other means of assessment. Achievement and ability tests can help describe a student’s learning abilities, academic accomplishments, and give reliable predication for college success. For additional information, please view this EOC Testing Analysis.
Provided free of charge for Harrison freshmen and sophomores, and for a low fee for juniors and seniors as a practice for the SAT, we administer the PSAT at the high school. Underclassmen take it for the experience of taking a test of this nature. Juniors take the test as practice for the SAT, and their scores determine who qualifies for the National Merit Scholarship competition. With the exception of a written essay, the PSAT matches the format of the SAT. You can find further information about it on the College Board website.
Harrison High School will administer the PSAT during October in the fall semester. The cost is free of charge for 9th and 10th graders. Eleventh grade students may register for the PSAT during the fall. Registration will be in the main office or Freshman Academy office. Payment for the test is $15 and checks should be made payable to Harrison High School. Upon registration, students will receive a PSAT prep book in their advisement class in plenty of time to adequately prepare.
Once you have received your PSAT results, check out the following video from The College Board.
Test Preparation Tips
We would like to offer some tips for the night before testing to help our students perform at their very best.
- Only review what is necessary and only for a short amount of time. Do a bit of review in the afternoon or early evening, and then put all review books down. Don’t touch your books again until after the exam. Stressing over intense review will just make things worse.
- Get a good night’s sleep. Sleep helps improve memory and will make you feel more relaxed in the morning. Sleep will not only improve your memory, but you will generally feel better physically and mentally and be able to focus for longer periods.
- Have a carb-y dinner and a protein-filled breakfast. Carbohydrates release energy more slowly than other foods, so you won’t feel a difference until the next morning. The energy you get will be something, but nothing incredibly substantial. As for breakfast the morning of the test, protein (e.g. eggs) provides energy in a much shorter period.
- Find a way to relax. Obviously, this is easier said than done, but do what helps you to stay calm – yoga, reading, watching a movie, whatever it is. Keeping your head clear is important. Getting your mind off of the point of stress, even for a little while, will do wonders for your sanity.