The ASVAB Career Exploration Program helps you identify your skills and interests, explore jobs, and develop after high school plans. For more information, please visit https://www.asvabprogram.com/
The ASVAB will be given at Plano Senior High School on Wednesday, April 5th, 2023. Please visit the following link to sign up: https://forms.gle/8SCGhYwDKbVRqXC36
National Exams: SAT/Subject Tests & ACT
PSHS School Day SAT Information: Click for information
Two of the most common and most important high school national exams are the SAT and the ACT Assessment. These standardized tests not only measure a student's academic capabilities, but they also act as a major influence in college admissions.
Plano Senior High School provides an SAT free of charge to all 11th graders every Spring during the school day.
What is the difference between taking the SAT and ACT - and should you take both?
The tests you take will probably be determined by the requirements of the colleges you would like to attend. Most accept either test, the SAT or the ACT. Some colleges prefer one or the other, so check the catalog or admission procedure section of the college or university information book to make sure you know exactly what tests you are required to take. If you take the exam more than once, most colleges will consider your best score and not be concerned about how often you took the test, although we recommend you not take the test more than three times - and never without doing some preparation before each new test. Just re-testing without preparation will not usually increase your score, and it could go down.
JUNIORS- Get practice taking the SAT and qualify for scholarships, college recruitment information and free SAT prep materials by taking the PSAT on October 12th. Sign up on Parent Portal (http://parentportal.pisd.edu.) Registration must be completed by September 23rd in order to take the test.
PSAT Information from College Board
State Exam: Accuplacer
If you are planning to attend a Texas Public University, you will need to meet the Texas State Initiative (TSI) Standards. If a student is not exempt then they must take the Accuplacer exam at the college/university they plan on attending. The test cannot be taken until a student has been admitted so contact the college about the exam administration. Although it is not used for admission, there are many schools which use it as a form of placement. Some students are exempt from taking Accuplacer - your counselor will be able to tell you if you need to take the test.
If you plan on taking coursework at Collin College during the summer, you will not be permitted to register unless you complete the TSI requirements.
Students may be exempt from the TSI:
- Student is exempt on the basis of SAT scores (less than 5 years old) with a minimum qualifying score of 1070 composite, with 500 Critical Reading and 500 Math.
- Student is exempt on the basis of the ACT (less than 5 years old) with a minimum qualifying score of 23 composite, with 19 English and 19 Math.
The College Board redesigned SAT in the spring of 2016 may affect the TSI exemptions.
All students planning to attend a college or university in Texas (including community colleges such as Collin College) are required to take the TSI Assessment to determine their readiness for college-level coursework. Based on how the student performs on the TSI, they may either be allowed to enroll in college level courses or placed in a developmental course to help improve their skills.
In some cases, your SAT or ACT scores may qualify you to be exempt from all or part of the TSI Assessment.
ACT: Composite 23 (A score of 19 on ACT Math will exempt you from TSI Math. A score of 19 on ACT English will exempt you from TSI Reading and TSI Writing.)
SAT: A score of 530 on SAT Math will exempt you from TSI Math. A score of 480 on SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing will exempt you from TSI Reading and TSI Writing.
Need to take the TSI? You can test here at Plano Senior High, any other school in Plano ISD that offers it, or at Collin College
Plano Senior TSI Testing Sign-Up