Tests and Assessments

  • AP Testing

    Exam Schedule 

    • Here is the link to the West High AP Exam Schedule, which will begin the week of May 1st 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.  For more information students should work with their AP teachers.
    •  For more information regarding how to go about ordering AP Exams, please see the Overview of AP Exam Ordering information


    • Those students who are already approved for accommodations (i.e., extended time) via CollegeBoard will automatically be granted those.  Please check with your counselor to make sure your accommodations have been approved by the College Board.  The AP Coordinator will contact you with your testing location closer to the date of the test.

    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.  If you choose to cancel an exam, you may be eligible for a partial refund.

    West High offers 26 AP courses across seven different curricular areas.  Students normally take AP exams during the first two full weeks in May.



    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.

    Additionally, students interested in preparing for the ACT can download an ACT Practice Test.




    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 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.
    College Board

    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 are proctored in an online format. 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

    In 2022, ICCSD secondary students were assessed on March 29 & 30 , using the online format. 

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