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Career Planning & Testing

Individual Conferences with Counselors

Parents, guardians, and students are welcome to make appointments with counselors any time throughout the year. The conferences listed below are specifically designed for educational and career planning.

Sophomore Conference
As students look forward to their junior and senior years, career exploration and planning is vital. There are critical items that need to be discussed and completed in the junior year to ensure that plans can progress. Topics covered include credit status toward graduation, review of WKCE and/or Aspire Testing, testing preview for junior and senior years, junior course selections, recommendation for senior courses, and scholarship positioning ideas. The Academic and Career Plan (ACP) will also be reviewed and modified as necessary.

Sophomore conferences are scheduled with each student and their parents or guardians during the months of February, March, and April. The conferences last approximately 45 minutes. Look for more information through Infinite Campus, Cardinal Letter, the mail or our Facebook page.

College Admission Tests

ACT
The ACT is the preferred admissions test of four-year colleges and universities throughout the Midwest. University of Wisconsin two year colleges (i.e. UW-Barron County) also require an ACT score. The ACT is a multiple choice test and covers four skill areas: English Math, Reading, and Science. The Writing test, which is optional, measures skills in planning and writing a short essay. Area schools requiring the Writing portion include: Marquette University and the University of Minnesota. The National ACT is given six times each year. For current dates, fees, and registration, go to www.actstudent.org

The ACT is given to all Wisconsin juniors in March as part of our state assessment system. There is no fee for students when taking the ACT for state assessment purposes.

SAT
The SAT is offered on Saturday mornings seven times throughout the year. Basic subject areas include Mathematical Reasoning, Critical Reasoning, and a Writing Assessment. Some selective schools may require the SAT I or the SAT II test in a given subject area. For more information stop in Student Services or go online at www.collegeboard.com.

Optional Tests

PSAT
The PSAT or Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test, is offered in October. Some students may want to take the PSAT to practice taking a standardized college entrance test. Juniors with very high PSAT scores may qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program. PSAT scores may be required for certain highly selective scholarships, so students with a high class rank or those who are good at taking standardized tests may be interested. Cost is approximately $14.00. Students register in Student Services in late September.

ASVAB
The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, or ASVAB, is offered on a weekday morning in December to interested juniors and seniors. The test is FREE and is conducted by military personnel at the school. Students considering military options after high school may want to take the ASVAB. In addition, the test includes a very good vocational component which many students use in the career development process. Students register in Student Services in November/December.

State Mandated Tests

Grade 9 & 10 - ACT Aspire
ACT Aspire is an online assessment give in May and assesses English, Math, Reading, Science, and Writing for students in grades 9 and 10.

Grade 11 - ACT and WorkKeys
The ACT is a multiple choice test and is given to all Wisconsin juniors in March as part of our state assessment system. Students will be tested in English, Math, Reading, Science, and Writing. ACT WorkKeys is an applied skills assessment that helps students compare their skills to the skills real jobs require. Students take three assessments: locating information, reading for information, and applied mathematics. ACT WorkKeys is also given in March.

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