What is the
All students must pass the California High School Exit Exam to receive a diploma. Your first opportunity to take the test is in 10th Grade. A majority of students pass the test the first time; others will have additional opportunities before graduation and generally pass the exam.
It is made up of two parts: English-language arts and math.
English-Language: In reading, this includes vocabulary, decoding, comprehension, and analysis of information and literary texts. In writing, this covers writing strategies, applications, and the conventions of English (e.g. grammar, spelling, and punctuation).
Math: The mathematics part of the CAHSEE addresses state standards in grades six and seven and Algebra I. The exam includes statistics, data analysis and probability, number sense, measurement and geometry, mathematical reasoning, and algebra. Students are also asked to demonstrate a strong foundation in computation and arithmetic, including working with decimals, fractions, and percents.
What tests do I need to take to get into college?
Visit the website for the Universities/Colleges that you will be applying to in order to make sure you meet each University's/College's testing deadlines.
Community Colleges do not require any entrance exams. However, you will be required to take math and English placement tests when you apply to determine your Math and English levels for course enrollment.
California State Universities (CSU's) require the SAT Reasoning OR ACT with writing.
Private Colleges and Universities require the SAT Reasoning OR ACT w/writing. Some private schools do not require the writing test. See the individual website for each individual school for admission requirements. It is best to take the writing portion in case it is required. If it is not, it will not be considered or count against you.
Highly selective private Colleges and Universities also require two or three SAT Subject Tests. See individual school website for admission requirements. Some campuses prefer certain subject tests depending on major, etc
If you are enrolled in an Advanced Placement (AP) course you it is strongly recommended that you take the AP test for that course in the spring. Advanced Placement tests are given here at MMHS and you will need to sign up in the finance office during the registration period. For more information see your AP teacher or Mrs. McDonald in counseling for dates and fees.
What is the PSAT and how do I sign up for it?
The PSAT is the practice test for the SAT (Scholastic Achievement Test). It is offered one time a year in the Fall. The test is given school-wide for all Sophomores and Juniors enrolled at MMHS. Students will receive their test booklets back as well as a score report with information about ways to improve scores. They will be receiving it back in January in their Advisory class. Ask your student to show you their score.
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