Standardized Testing Categories. This is a useful place to start to sort out what test you should take and why.
What are they?
General assessment tests measure a student’s comprehension of acquired skills and content. In education, Achievement Test Scores are used to determine the level of instruction for which a student is prepared. High achievement scores can indicate mastery of grade-level material and the readiness for advanced instruction. Low achievement scores can indicate the need for remediation or repeating a course grade.
What are they used for?
Used as criteria for college and military entrance. To place students in appropriate level of college courses and help students get additional help if they need it.
1. Standford 10 Achievement Test Of all of the achievement tests, the Stanford 10 Achievement Test is considered the most rigorous.
2. Iowa Achievement Test California Achievement Test, CAT. Of the three achievement tests–Standford 10, Iowa Basic Skills, and the CAT–the CAT is considered the easiest.
3. What is the CAHSEE? CAHSEE is the acronym stands for California High School Exit Exam. California Department of Education explains it thus. The CAHSEE is given to 10th graders each March. Despite the school’s campaign for passage, the state puts very little pressure on students to pass. If a student does not pass the test in the 10th grade, she has more chances to take the test. Students can take the test 2 times in the 11th grade. And as incredible as this sounds, incredible because the test is easy, students can take the test up to 5 times in grade 12. In 2013, the CAHSEE was given on March 12 and 13. If you’re looking for help in the CAHSEE Math, then I suggest signing up at the Khan Academy (it’s free) and watch the videos posted there as they progress from easy to more difficult.
4. AP Exams
5. CLEP, College-Level Examination Program. If your child wants to test out of a number of classes in his college freshman year, have him take CLEP Exams while in high school, starting in the 9th grade. Want to save money on college? Then have your son take CLEP exams in high school. For the English Literature CLEP exam, start here. And here is a sample question for the American Literature test. Please note: **You must get a statement in writing in advance regarding the college’s acceptance of CLEPs, APs, and DSSTs. Each school is different.
6. HiSET, High School Equivalency Tests.
Books you need to read for a CLEP English exam:
1. Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence
2. Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth
3. Ernest Hemmingway’s A Farewell to Arms
4. Ernest Hemmingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls
5. Ernest Hemmingway’s The Sun Also Rises
6. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby
7. Scott Fitzgerald’s This Side of Paradise
8. Herman Melville’s Moby Dick
9. Kate Chopin’s The Awakening
10. Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
11. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter
12. Ralph Ellison’s The Invisible Man
13. Richard Wright’s Black Boy
14. Richard Wright’s Native Son
15. Stephen Crane’s Maggie, a Girl of the Streets
16. Stephen Crane’s Red Badge of Courage
17. Stephen Crane’s War Is Kind
18. Willa Cather’s Death Comes for the Archbishop
19. Willa Cather’s My Antonia
20. Willa Cather’s O Pioneers!
21. Willa Cather’s The Song of the Lark
22. William Faulkner’s The Light in August
23. William Faulkner’s The Sound and Fury
1. ISEE, Independent School Entrance Examination.
2. SSAT, Secondary School Admission Test.
3. HSPT, High School Placement Test.
4. COOP, Cooperative Admissions Examination Program.
5. CHSPE, California High School Proficiency Exam. The California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE) is a testing program established by California law (Education Code Section 48412). If eligible to take the test, you can earn the legal equivalent of a high school diploma by passing the CHSPE. The CHSPE consists of two sections: an English-language Arts section and a Mathematics section. If you pass both sections of the CHSPE, the California State Board of Education will award you a Certificate of Proficiency, which by state law is equivalent to a high school diploma (although not equivalent to completing all coursework required for regular graduation from high school).
1. SAT – formerly Scholastic Aptitude Test
2. SAT Subject Tests
3. Former English Language Proficiency Test – ELPT
4. ACT – formerly American College Testing Program or American College Test. Sign up for the ACT Test here.
5. CLT – Classic Learning Test
1. Allied Health Professions Admission Test (AHPAT)
2. Dental Admission Test (DAT)- (United States)
3. Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) – (US)
4. Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
5. Law School Admission Test (LSAT) – (US and Canada)
6. Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
7. Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) – (US and Canada)
8. Optometry Admission Test (OAT) – Optometry Admission Test
9. Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)
10. Veterinary College Admission Test (VCAT) – no longer administered; American veterinary schools now use either the GRE or MCAT
11. California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST), pre-credentialing test that allows you to substitute teach in California.
12. Wiesen Test of Mechanical Aptitude (WTMA)
ACT or SAT: WHICH DO I TAKE?
SAT, THE SCHOLASTIC APTITUDE TEST
1. What is the purpose of the SAT? To secure admissions to the college or university of your choice. Best approach is to pick the college you want to attend based on your personal criteria–college major, location, costs, etc. Then find out their admission standards. Go to Google and type in your school’s name and the phrase “admission standards.” Use that as your guide.
2. How is the SAT scored? Each section–math, writing, & reading–is scored separately. Possible points for each section is 200–800 points with in 10-point increments. Since there are 3 parts to the test, your total score will range between 600–2400. Essay scored on scale of 0–12, in 1-point increments.
3. What’s a good SAT score?
4. What are the SAT test dates?
a. Is it offered in any country? Yes. It’s offered worldwide.
b. How many times a year is it offered? Seven times (7).
The SAT consists of three parts: Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing. The scores from each section can range from 200 to 800, making the best possible score 2400. An average score for each section is roughly 500, bringing the average total score to about 1500. For the 1.65 million test-takers in the class of 2011, the mean scores were 497 for critical reading, 514 in math, and 489 in writing. You can do better, much, much better.
1. SAT explained at Wikipedia.
2. SAT, Scholastic Aptitude Test. From the College Board.
3. SAT Prep Guides from Amazon.
4. SAT II Subject Test.
5. ACT, American College Testing
6. ACT Study Guides
7. ACT online study guides.
8. ACT sample exams.
Do you know the average scores across the country? For the SAT it is 1500; for the ACT it is 20 or 21.
The SAT and the ACT are the two primary tests used by college officials when evaluating applicants for admission. Most colleges will accept either of these two tests, but it is a good idea to check the website of the college that you’re applying to to find out if one of the tests is preferred. The SAT is a reasoning test–the student is required to take knowledge and apply it–while the ACT tests a student’s knowledge of specific subject matter in four categories.
Especially in the case of a home-schooled applicant, it is important to do well on the SAT or ACT because colleges view these test scores as objective and credible indicators of a student’s readiness to do college level work. These test scores are also often used by scholarship committees as criteria for awarding scholarships. I recommend that students prepare for these tests by using some type of test prep materials. The SAT test may be taken as many times as you wish–or until your money runs out! The ACT, on the other hand, has a maximum of 12 times. Scores almost always rise when taking the test a second time simply because the student is more comfortable with the format of the test and the testing environment. Most colleges continue to use the highest test score the student achieved, and some colleges will even “super score.” Super scoring refers to colleges taking the highest scores from each individual section of the test and adding them together to come up with the highest possible composite score even if the highest scores on individual sections were taken on different test dates. It’s wise to check with individual college policies regarding test scoring.
[LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY TESTS]
1. CELTA, Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
2. ETS, Educational Testing Services
3. IELTS, International English Language Testing System. FAQs
iTEP, International Test of English Proficiency TEFL Institute, Teaching of English as a Foreign Language
5. TOEFL, Test of English as a Foreign Language. The test assesses a non-native speaker’s academic English language proficiency as preparation for studying at US universities. Find a location for taking the TOEFEL tests. The TOEFEL is a trademark of the English Testing Services, ETS. Their TOEFEL iBT is the Internet Based Test. Acronyms drive me crazy because they don’t identify them right away. PBT is Paper-Based Test.
6. TOEIC, Test of English for International Communications. This test measures the ability of non-native English speakers to use English in everyday, workplace settings and activities.
7. TSE, Test of Spoken English McGraw-Hill’s GED The Most Complete and Reliable Study Program for the GED Tests [Paperback]
8. TEFL, stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).
9. DELTA, Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. This is an English language teaching (ELT) qualification for experienced Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). It is provided by Cambridge English Language Assessment through authorised Cambridge English Teaching Qualification centres and can be taken either full-time or part-time.
10. PESL, Pronouncing English as a Second Language.
11. List of Language Proficiency Tests.
12. TOEIC – Test of English for International Communication
13. TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language
14. IELTS – International English Language Testing System.
SPECIFIC SUBJECTS EXAMS
1. FE Exams, Fundamentals of Engineering Exam.
2. Heriot Watt’s distance learning, PetE program.
3. NCEES, National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveyors. If you see the letters P.E. besides any engineering exam or license, it means Professional Engineer.
GIT Exam, Geologist-in-Training Exam.
4. Heriot Watt Institute of Petroleum Engineering.
5. Distance Learning in Mining @ Missouri’s Science & Technology Mining Program. Missouri’s S&T Mining Program.
6. Six Sigma Black Belt Certification.
1. CFA, Chartered Financial Analyst. The curriculum for the CFA program is based on a Candidate Body of Knowledge established by the CFA Institute. The curriculum comprises the topic areas below. There are three exams (“levels”) that test the academic portion of the CFA program. All three levels emphasize the subject of ethics. Here is the CFA Institute.
1. Project Management Professional, PMP.
2. Project Management Body of Knowledge, PMBOK. And PMBOK Guide.
3. Rita Mulcahy, instructor for PMP & PMBOK, came recommended.
4. What is PLC? Programmable Logic Controller.
5. CAPM, Certified Associate in Project Management.
1. Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery or ASVAB. The guide, pictured below, can be purchased here.
2. DSST, Dantes Standardized Subjects Test. DANTES stands for Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support.
3. DSST Exams (formerly DANTES Subject Standardized Tests) are credit-by-examination tests originated by the United States Department of Defense’s Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) program.
1. National League for Nursing.
2. Test of Essential Academic Skills for Nurses.
3. National Council of State Boards of Nursing. Books for this exam run about $30. Used ones are less.
TEACHER CERTIFICATION EXAMS
1. PRAXIS, part of the ETS, Educational Testing Services, are qualifying exams prior to granting teaching licenses. These tests measure two things–one, core competency of one’s subject and two, your ability to actually teach.
Wikipedia has a good explanation as to what the word praxis means: In Ancient Greek the word praxis (πρᾶξις) referred to activity engaged in by free men. Aristotle held that there were three basic activities of an: theoria, poiesis and praxis. There corresponded to these kinds of activity three types of knowledge: theoretical, to which the end goal was truth; poietical, to which the end goal was production; and practical, to which the end goal was action. Aristotle further divided practical knowledge into ethics, economics, and politics. He also distinguished between eupraxia (εὐπραξία, “good praxis”)  and dyspraxia (δυσπραξία, “bad praxis, misfortune”).
1. RICA, Reading Instruction Competent Assessment.
2. NES, National Evaluation Series.
3. CPACE, California Preliminary Administrative Credential Examination.
4. WEST, Washington Educators Skills Test, Designated World Languages, Latin.
5. CTEL, California Teachers of English Learners.
6. RICA, Reading Assessment Comprehension Assessment. RICA practice test.
7. CBEST, California Basic Education Skills Test. CBEST is the California Basic Educational Skills Test. Key word here is “basic.” It tests reading, writing, and basic math skills and is required of all* candidates for [teaching] credentials in California. Scores are good forever; it makes sense for a credential candidate to take it early and get it over with.
8. CSET, California Subject Examination for Teachers. Test preparation guides also exist.
1. TECEP, Thomas Edison State College Examination Program.
1. GRE, The (Graduate Record Examinations) is a standardized test taken by students who are applying to postgraduate courses in the US and in some other parts of the world. There are actually two GRE examinations: The General Test. The Subject Tests. Here is a study guide for the GRE. But is this important, and if so, why?
2. PSAT/NMSQT [Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test are both national standardized tests. is a standardized test administered by theCollege Board and cosponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) in the United States. Approximately 3.5 million students take the PSAT/NMSQT each year. In 2013, 1.59 million high school sophomores and 1.55 million high school juniors took the PSAT. Younger students are also eligible to take the test. The scores from the PSAT/NMSQT are used to determine eligibility and qualification for the National Merit Scholarship Program. But is this important, and if so, why?
STANDARIZED K-12 TESTS
1. ISEE: Independent School Entrance Examination
2. SSAT: Secondary School Admission Test
3. HSPT: High School Placement Test
4. SHSAT: Specialized High School Admissions Test
5. COOP: Cooperative Admissions Examination Program
6. PSAT: Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test
7. GED: General Educational Development Test
SAT Subject Tests: Scholastic Aptitude Test Subject Tests
2. U.S. History
3. World History
4. Math Level 1
5. Math Level 2
9. French (& French with Listening)
10. German (& German with Listening)
11. Spanish (& Spanish with Listening)
12. Modern Hebrew
15. Chinese with Listening
16. Japanese with Listening
17. Korean with Listening
NYS Regents Exam: New York State Regents Exam
1. Comprehensive English
3. Integrated Algebra
4. Global History & Geography
5. U.S. History & Government
7. Earth Science
8. Living Environment
STANDARDIZED COLLEGE EXAMS
1. CSU ELM: California State University Entry-Level Mathematics
2. CSU EPT : California State University English Placement Test
3. TOEIC: Test of English for International Communication
4. TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language
5. IELTS: International English Language Testing System
6. Standardized Graduate/Post-Graduate Tests
7. DAT: Dental Admissions Test
8. GMAT: Graduate Management Admission Test
9. GRE: Graduate Record Examination
10. LSAT: Law School Admission Test
11. MAT: Miller Analogies Test
12. MCAT:Medical College Admissions Test
13. OAT: Optometry Admission Test
14. PCAT: Pharmacy College Admission Test
15. CBEST: California Basic Educational Skills Test
16. WTMA: Wiesen Test of Mechanical Aptitude.
state tests, grade-level tests, entrance exams and general knowledge tests.
Ability/ Achievement tests are used to evaluate a student‘s or worker‘s understanding, comprehension, knowledge and/or capability in a particular area. They are used in academics, professions and many other areas.
A general distinction is usually made between tests of ability/ aptitude (intelligence tests) versus tests of achievement (academic proficiency).
1. Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scales (SB5)
2. Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS)
3. Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC)
4. Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence (WPPSI)
5. Otis-Lennon School Ability Test
6. Differential Ability Scales (DAS)
7. Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Cognitive Abilities (WJ)
1. Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT)
2. Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement (KTEA)
3. Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Achievement (WJ)
4. Peabody Individual Achievement Test (PIAT-R)
1. The test of General Educational Development (GED) evaluates whether a person who has not received a high school diploma has academic skills at the level of a high school graduate.
2. Private tests are tests created by private institutions for various purposes, such as progress monitoring in K-12 classrooms.
1. ITBS – Iowa Test of Basic Skills
2. SAT – formerly Scholastic Aptitude Test
3. SAT Subject Tests.
1. ISEE – Independent School Entrance Examination>SSAT – Secondary School Admission Test
2. HSPT – High School Placement Test
3. COOP- Cooperative admissions examination program.
1. SAT – formerly Scholastic Aptitude Test
SAT Subject Tests
Former English Language Proficiency Test – ELPT
2. ACT – formerly American College Testing Program or American College Test
CLT – Classic Learning Test.
1. 16 Personality Factors
2. Beck Depression Inventory
3. Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory
4. Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI)
5. Personality Assessment Inventory
6. Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
7. Revised NEO Personality Inventory
8. Thematic Apperception Test
PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION TESTS
1. Certified Public Accountant (CPA) for Accountants.
2. COMLEX-USA for Osteopathic Physicians.
3. Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) , the most common certification for practitioners of Clinical Psychology in the U.S.
4. Fundamentals of Engineering (FE), the first of two exams that must be passed to become a Professional Engineer.
5. General Securities Representative Examination, more commonly known as the
Series 7 Exam, required to receive a license as a stockbroker in the U.S.
6. Investment Company Products/Variable Life Contracts Representative Examination, more commonly known as the Series 6 Exam, for U.S. licensing to sell a limited set of securities such as mutual funds and variable life insurance.
7. Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), part of the bar examination in almost all United States jurisdictions.
8. Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MPJE), a prerequisite for licensure as a pharmacist in the vast majority of U.S. jurisdictions.
9. Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE), a requirement for bar admission in addition to the bar examination in almost all U.S. jurisdictions.
10. NAPLEX, required by all U.S. jurisdictions for licensure as a pharmacist.
11. NCLEX-PN for Licensed Practical Nurses
12. NCLEX-RN for Registered Nurses
13. Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam for physician assistants (PA).
14. PRAXIS for Teacher certification.
15. Principles and Practice of Engineering Exam the second of the two exams someone must pass to become a Professional Engineer.
16. Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination
17. Uniform Combined State Law Examination, more commonly called the Series 66 Exam, required by some U.S. states for state certification as both a securities agent and investment adviser representative.
18. Uniform Securities Agent State Law Examination, more commonly known as the Series 63 Exam, required by almost all U.S. states for state certification as a securities agent.
19. United States Medical Licensing Examination for physicians (holders of either Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
20. USPTO registration examination, a requirement of the United States Patent and Trademark Office for registration as a patent attorney or agent.
1. ASVAB (United States) required for entry into any branch of The United States Military.
LANGUAGE CERTIFICATION EXAMS
1. STAMP 4S English (Standards-Based Measurement of Proficiency-4 skills)
2. Cambridge English Language Assessment
3. Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)
4. Cambridge English: First (FCE)
5. Cambridge English: Key (KET)
6. Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET)
7. Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)
8. Cambridge English: Young Learners (YLE) tests
9. CaMLA/ECCE (The Examination for the Certificate of Competency in English)
10. CaMLA/ECPE (The Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English)
11. CaMLA/EPT (CaMLA English Placement Test)
12. CaMLA/ITASA (International Teaching Assistant Speaking Assessment)
13. CaMLA/MELAB: (The Michigan English Language Assessment Battery)
14. CaMLA/MET (The Michigan English Test)
15. City & Guilds: Entry Level 1 Certificate in ESOL International (reading, writing and listening) Preliminary A1)
16. City & Guilds: Entry Level 1 Certificate in ESOL International (speaking) (Preliminary A1)
17. City & Guilds: Entry Level 2 Certificate in ESOL International (reading, writing and listening) (Access A2)
18. City & Guilds: Entry Level 2 Certificate in ESOL International (speaking) (Access A2)
19. City & Guilds: Entry Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International (reading, writing and listening) (Achiever B1)
20. City & Guilds: Entry Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International (speaking) (Achiever B1)
21. City & Guilds: Level 1 Certificate in ESOL International (reading, writing and listening) (Communicator B2)
Duolingo Certificate in English: Online in the Duolingo Test Center
1. ECL, European Consortium for the Certificate of Attainment in Modern Languages
2. EF Standard English Test
3. Former ELPT, English Language Proficiency Test
4. G-TELP, General Tests of English Language Proficiency Test
5. IELTS, International English Language Testing System
6. IELCA, International English Language Competency Assessment (www.lrnglobal.org)
7. iTEP, International Test of English Proficiency
8. MSRT, Iran Ministry of Science, Research and Technology language exam (Also known as MCHE)
9. Malaysian University English Test
10. EXAMAGRAM, Free On-line English testing
11. APORA, On-line Accreditation of A1/A2 English Proficency
12. PTE Academic, On-line testing
13. PTE General, A series of six exams from Pearson Language Assessments (formerly known as the London Tests of English)
14. STEP EIKEN, Test in Practical English Proficiency (Japan)
15. TEPS, Test of English Proficiency (South Korea)
16. TELC, The European Language Certificates
17. TIEC, Test of International English Competency
18. TOEFL, Test of English as a Foreign Language
19. TOEIC, Test of English for International Communication
20. TOLIMO, The Test of Language by the Iranian Measurement Organization
21. Track Test English Proficiency Test, Online English Assessment Center using six CEFR levels.
22. TSE, Test of Spoken English
23. Trinity College London ESOL TWE, Test of Written English
24. UBELT, University of Bath English Language Test