Tests and Assessments

  • AP Exam Registration 

    All students wanting to take an AP exam during the May 2020 administration will need to submit their order in October of 2019.  Specific information will be made available on September 30, 2019. 

    Want to cancel an AP Exam order?

    March 15th, 2020 is the preferred final date to cancel an AP exam order to still receive a $40 refund (per exam).   Students have until the day before the scheduled test date to cancel their exam and still receive the same partial refund.
    Still need to order an AP Exam?

    March 15th, 2020 will be the last day to order an AP exam with a $40 late order fee. Each exam will cost $134 ($94 exam fee + $40 late order fee). After this date, AP exams cannot be ordered unless the extenuating circumstance is approved by CollegeBoard.

    West High offers 23 AP courses across seven different curricular areas.  Students normally take AP exams during the first two full weeks in May.

    2020 AP Exam Schedule





    Testing Room

    Monday, May 4th 8:00 AM US Government & Politics South Gym
      12:00 PM Physics C TBD
    Tuesday, May 5th 8:00 AM Calculus AB South Gym
      8:00 AM Calculus BC South Gym
      8:00 AM Spanish Language 235
    Wednesday, May 6th 8:00 AM English Literature South Gym
      12:00 PM European History South Gym
    Thursday, May 7th 8:00 AM Chemistry South Gym
      12:00 PM Spanish Literature and Culture South Gym
    Friday, May 8th 8:00 AM US History South Gym
      8:00 AM Studio Art Art Room
      12:00 PM Computer Science A South Gym
      12:00 PM Ext Time:  Comp Sci A Main Office
    Monday, May 11th 8:00 AM Biology South Gym
    Tuesday, May 12th 8:00 AM Seminar TBD
      8:00 AM  Spanish Language and Culture TBD
      12:00 PM Human Geography South Gym
    Wednesday, May 13th 12:00 PM Microeconomics South Gym
      12:00 PM Music Theory TBD
    Thursday, May 14th 12:00 PM Macroeconomics South Gym
    Friday, May 15th 8:00 AM Computer Science Principles South Gym
      8:00 AM French Language and Culture TBD
      12:00 PM Statistics TBD



    ACT is a college admissions test, measuring what you can learn in high school to determine your academic readiness for college.  Find everything that you need to know about registration, test prep and what your scores mean here.




    The SAT is a college admissions test has been redesigned to focus on the skills and knowledge that will help today's students meet the needs of the works where people can solve problems, communicate clearly, and understand complex relationships.  The tests are designed to:

    • Measure the essential ingredients for college and career readiness and success, as shown by research.
    • Have a stronger connection to classroom learning.
    • Inspire productive practice. 


    ACT vs. SAT is a link to an informative article explaining the difference between these two very popular college entrance exams.


    PSAT assessment is an optional practice SAT exam that the College Board generates for 10th and 11th grade students.  Interested West High students may choose to take this exam on the second Wednesday in October.  Student scores on the PSAT can qualify them for the National Merit Scholarship Competition.  Cost of the test in 2018 was $17 and typically exam registration is due in late September in the Guidance Office.
    College Board

    ****New for the 2018-2019 school year****
    Iowa Testing Program

    Iowa Assessments are being replaced by the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP)

    For many years students in our district, as well as districts across the state, have been assessed on an annual basis with the Iowa Assessments. The Iowa City Community School District has traditionally elected to administer these assessments in October. 

    In the spring of 2018 the Iowa legislature determined that all students in Iowa would be assessed using a new test called the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) . These new assessments are developed by Iowa Testing Programs at the University of Iowa delivered and supported by Iowa-based Pearson, for the state of Iowa. The assessments are aligned with the Iowa Core standards and provide a clear and accurate assessment of student learning outcomes. Student growth, proficiency and readiness indicators will be reported.

    The new assessments are required to be administered in April and will be available in online and paper formats. The grade levels, tests, and recommended administration times are provided below:

    Tests Grade Levels Recommended
    Administration Time
    Reading 3-11 60
    Language Arts and Writing 3-11 120
    Math 3-11 60
    Science 5, 8, 10 60

    Elementary students in ICCSD will take these assessments during the week of April 6-10; and secondary students will take these assessments on April 14-15 , using the online format. 

    If you have any questions about these assessments, please contact the district curriculum office.