College Entrance Exams/Testing

District 214 supports an assessment program to help determine individual student achievement and instructional needs, curriculum and instruction effectiveness, and school performance.

This program also provides opportunities for students to prepare for and take the SAT college entrance exam as part of their core high school experience.

For more information on the District’s assessment program, click here.

SAT

The SAT is an entrance exam used by many colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. This exam measures knowledge and skills that research shows are aligned with college and career readiness and success.

During the spring of their junior year, all District 214 students must take the SAT to be eligible to receive their high school diploma, unless they have been identified as eligible to take the alternative assessment or are otherwise exempt from testing.

The SAT also is offered on many Saturdays at District 214 high schools, giving students multiple opportunities to complete the exam.  

To Register
Students can register for Saturday SAT testing at: collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat

PSAT 10 and PSAT/NMSQT

The PSAT 10 and PSAT/NMSQT are assessments in the College Board’s SAT Suite of Assessments.

Students will take the PSAT 10 during the spring of their 10th grade year as part of the district’s assessment program.

Additionally, the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is an optional exam offered through District 214 that measures verbal and math reasoning abilities. District 214 encourages high-achieving juniors to take the PSAT/NMSQT because it identifies National Merit Scholars and enables students who score at the highest levels to qualify for college scholarships.

To Register
To register for the PSAT/NMSQT, go to the Assessment Center at your high school.

> Buffalo Grove High School
> Elk Grove High School
> John Hersey High School
> Prospect High School
> Rolling Meadows High School
> Wheeling High School

For more information the PSAT 10 or PSAT/NMSQT, visit: collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10

PSAT 8/9

The PSAT 8/9 is one of the assessments in the College Board’s SAT Suite of Assessments.

The PSAT 8/9 is one of the assessments in the College Board’s SAT Suite of Assessments. The PSAT 8/9 measures the knowledge and skills that research shows are most essential for college and career readiness and success at the level of content and skill appropriate for 8th and 9th grade students. The assessment includes Reading, Writing and Language, and Math. This assessment is designed to provide assistance to students and parents early in the educational process. Both 8th and 9th grade students will take the PSAT 8/9.

8th grade students who will be attending a District 214 high school must participate in the PSAT 8/9 to appropriately place each student in classes for a successful first year in high school and to help determine if students require summer school instruction prior to entering District 214. For more information on 9th grade enrollment and placement, visit: www.d214.org/departments/placement/

Students will take the PSAT 8/9 during the spring of their 9th grade year as part of the district’s assessment program. 

For more information on the PSAT 8/9, visit: collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-8-9

ACT

The ACT is an alternative college entrance exam to the SAT. While the test is optional, District 214 provides opportunities for students to take the ACT on many Saturdays at its high school sites.

For more information on the ACT, visit www.actstudent.org/