Tests and Assessments

  • AP Testing

    Registration for this year's AP tests is now closed. If you have not registered for an AP test but wish to take it, please speak with the teacher of that AP class as soon as possible. In addition to the regular test fee, a $40 late order exam fee will apply.

    Exam Schedule 

    • Here is the link to the 2021 AP Exam Schedule, which starts May 3rd and extends over two weeks.  Each test is assigned a specific date and time.  Please note the exam start time, based upon the Central Time Zone.  As it currently stands, AP testing is expected to be held in-person, at school.

    Accommodations 

    • Those students who are already approved for accommodations (i.e., extended time) via CollegeBoard will automatically be granted those within their unique exam link.  Further information will be released via CollegeBoard in the coming weeks. If you have any questions regarding this, please contact your school counselor.

    Cancelling an Exam  

    • If you wish to cancel your AP exam, contact Kelly Bergmann at bergmann.kelly@iowacityschools.org, by phone at (319) 688-1053, or by coming to the Guidance Office.  Prior to cancelling, we encourage you to work with your teacher as much as possible. There is no cancellation or unused test fee this year, which means students who cancel an AP test at any time will receive a full refund. Unless you are dropping the course, it is advised that you wait until April or May before cancelling a test.
     
    Additional Questions?    For any additional questions, please visit this website and/or this website. 
    Need more information?  See MyAP Account Basics or AP Exam Ordering 101.

     

     

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



    AP


    ACT

    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.

    ACT

     


    SAT

    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. 

    SAT


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


    PSAT

    PSAT assessment is an optional practice SAT exam that the College Board offers for 10th and 11th grade students.  Interested West High students may choose to take this exam around the middle October.  Student scores on the PSAT can qualify them for the National Merit Scholarship Competition.  Normally exam registration is due in late September in the Guidance Office.
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    Iowa Testing Program

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

    For many years students in our district, as well as districts across the state, students 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
    (Minutes)
    Reading 3-11 60
    Language Arts and Writing 3-11 120
    Math 3-11 60
    Science 5, 8, 10 60


    In 2019 Elementary students in ICCSD took these assessments during the week of April 6-10; and secondary students were assessed on April 14-15 , using the online format. 

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