###{city}, the USA - Educational Testing Center

Educational testing is a common experience for most #{city}, the USA high school students, from ACTs, to SATs and everything in-between. But these tests can't just be administered anywhere. Educational testing centers are those educational settings and other facilities (sometimes libraries, etc.) that have been certified to schedule, administer and accept tests from students.

Typical settings for educational testing centers in #{city}, the USA include:

  • High Schools
  • Colleges
  • Universities
  • City libraries

Why Testing is Important for #{city}, the USA Students

Standardized testing certainly isn't perfect. In fact, many standardized tests have come under scrutiny as of late. And while there is some merit to this scrutiny, there has not yet been enough reform for us to toss them to the side.

In fact, the majority of governmental bodies, colleges, universities and public schools across the entire United States rely on test scores for everything from admittance criteria to teacher performance reviews.

Objective and Unbiased Assessment

Sometimes we can't see the forest for the trees as it were. Parents, teachers, coaches and even students themselves may have a perception of their abilities that is inaccurate from reality. This miscalculation can go in both directions. You may feel you are good at a subject when in actuality (as it relates to the tests that matter), you are exceptional. Or perhaps an area of subject matter you thought you had a handle on needs a little more work.

Standardized testing gives us unbiased insight into areas of opportunity and allow the student to better prioritize their time studying the concepts that need additional focus.

Further, preparing for standardized testing is paramount to being comfortable with the testing process, format and provides a glimpse of what to expect (subject matter) ahead of time. This is an invaluable experience that can help bolster scores when the time comes for the real thing.

Comparability

While obsessing on how you compare to others is never a healthy endeavor, knowing where you stack up is a valuable piece of data. This is especially true as it relates to entrance exams for collegiate acceptance and/or winning scholarship or grant money for post-secondary education.

In many cases, in order to have a shot at "getting in" to your favorite university you'll need to score within a certain percentile of the graduating class that given year for applicants. Knowing where you stack up lets you find out ahead of time if you're good to go or if you need some serious work to be in contention.

Accountability

The only way to hold yourself accountable to your goals is to benchmark where you are now and then re-examine and/or re-evaluate where you have progressed to at a later date.

Standardized tests allow #{city}, the USA based students, parents and educators to effectively measure progress (or lack thereof) and formulate effective strategies to move the needle in the right direction based upon those results.

The data doesn't lie, and test results force those involved to take an unbiased look at the results of academic assessments, many of which will be used later on to assess the student's potential to be accepted into colleges and universities.

Given that so much is on the line, regular test preparation and practice examinations are critical to maximizing positive outcomes.

Reasons for Students to Test

Testing isn't just a rite of passage for students, it services a number of purposes.

  1. College & University Applications – most prestigious post-secondary institutions across the United States still use SAT and/or ACT scores as a primary measurement of future academic success and a filter to admit only those students in the top percentiles.

  2. College and University Preparation – high school doesn't always appropriately prepare students for the rigor of college studies. Standardized testing can help students (and parents) learn more about any strengths and weaknesses ahead of time, allowing them to be addressed prior to starting university classwork.

  3. Holding Educators Accountable – while imperfect, standardized testing is a way in which we can broadly evaluate the #{city}, the USA school systems, and those across the US, from individual classrooms, to entire schools and even districts. Knowing where educators and educational institutions stack up can incentivize improved education in the classroom, and help schools "weed out" instructors that fail to help students be successful.

Popular Tests Administered

ACT

Originally an abbreviation for American College Testing, is a college admissions test common in the United States. This standardized test, comprised of English, math, reading science and writing (optional) sections is administered by ACT, Inc. and by certified testing centers.

Other facts:

  • Total time excluding breaks is 3 hours 35 minutes
  • Math: 60 minutes
  • Science: 35 minutes
  • Reading: 35 minutes
  • Writing (optional): 40 minutes
  • Scoring is based on a 1-36 scale
  • The test is offered 7 times a year in the US and Canada
  • Fees range from $46-$62 per administration
  • Official Website: www.act.org/

SAT

Widely used for college admission across the US, this standardized test was developed and is owned and published by the College Board, a private and non-profit US entity. The test generally consists of sections on: reading, writing and language and math.

Other Facts:

  • Offered 7 times a year in the US
  • Registration for the test must be done at least 3 weeks prior
  • Fees range from $45-$57
  • Scores are release approx. 3 weeks post exam and are on a percentile based system

CLEP

Short for "College Level Examination Program", this is not a single test, but rather is the term used to encompass a group of standardized tests administered by the College Board and designed to test one's aptitude in 36 different subject matters. If a student scores high enough, they are considered to have proficient knowledge in the subject matter and may receive college credit for those subjects without having to take the necessary coursework.

Other Facts:

  • Minimum qualifying score is typically 50-60 out of 80
  • Great for those that have work experience or completed independent studies
  • Fees are typically $85/exam
  • College credit accepted by an estimated 2900 US colleges and universities

Need More Preparation? Not sure if you're Ready to Test?

Have no fear. This is a common concern among both students and parents alike. And you're concerns are merited. That's why we provide both test preparation and practice test services to #{city}, the USA residents in order to help you and your student better understand where they might place/score, uncover areas of opportunity for improvement, and establish a plan to meet their goals.

Contact us today to learn more about the services we offer and how we can help make sure you ace that next SAT or ACT exam!