TESTING

For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7

COUNSELING

ACT

ACT TESTING DATES & DEADLINES

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Register at: www.actstudent.org with St. James Academy.

To find SJA as a testing site:

  • Use Zip Code 66227 or Test Center Code 238920
  • Use code 171720 to send test results to SJA

WHEN SHOULD MY STUDENT TAKE THE ACT?

  • It is recommended for students to take the ACT at least three times and at least once by June of their junior year.
  • Before taking the ACT, we recommend that you complete Geometry, Biology, Chemistry, Algebra I and completed or enrolled in Algebra II.
  • If you are not happy with your Junior spring or summer ACT score, you can still take the test in the fall of Senior year. Many students take the test multiple times; the September and October testing dates are particularly popular. If you’re considering taking the December test during Senior year, make sure your college(s) accept the results of the test; for some, the December results may be released too late to be considered.

SAT

SAT TESTING

Register at www.collegeboard.org with St James Academy school code 171720 (to send results to SJA)

 

DATES & DEADLINES

See more details and future dates on the College Board’s SAT Test Dates & Deadline page.

PSAT & NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP

WHAT IS THE PSAT/NMSQT AND THE NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM?

In October of each year, 1.5 million high school Juniors will sit for the official PSAT/NMSQT test, administered by College Board. Taking the PSAT/NMSQT as a Junior is the first step of the nearly 18-month qualifying process for the National Merit Scholarship Program.

SJA Juniors who choose to take the PSAT/NMSQT are automatically entered into the National Merit Scholarship Competition. SJA also offers an optional Practice PSAT/NMSQT for Sophomores in October.

The following April, high schools are notified if any of their Juniors are among the top scoring 50,000 (about 3%) nationwide advancing forward in the competition.

In the fall of Senior year, around two-thirds of these identified students will be named National Merit Commended students, a wonderful honor. Although Commended students do not qualify for scholarships directly from the National Merit competition, the designation may qualify them for corporate or private scholarships, looks great on students’ resumes, and can be listed on college admission and scholarship applications.

The remaining 16,000 students or so—those whose scores put them in the top 99th percentile in their state—are identified at National Merit Semifinalists. Semifinalists can apply to become Finalists by completing some additional requirements, including taking an SAT test. The National Merit Finalists are named in February of Senior year.

Separately, the College Board also recognizes academically outstanding Hispanic/Latino U.S. juniors through the National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP). Every year, the NHRP recognizes about 5,000 of the 250,000 Hispanic/Latino Juniors who take the test. The College Board’s NHRP program is an academic honor that can be included on college and scholarship applications. It’s not a scholarship, but colleges do use this program to identify academically exceptional Hispanic/Latino students.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP)

The Advanced Placement standardized examinations are given each May according to a national testing schedule. All students enrolled in an SJA Advanced Placement class take the corresponding AP Exam. All AP students are also required to attend a pre-administration session prior to test day.

Each AP examination taken is given a score of 1-5 on a five-point scale. Individual colleges decide which AP examination scores it will accept. Some colleges accept scores of 3 or better and give the student credit as if that person had taken one or more basic courses in the subject tested. At some colleges, credit is not given, but the necessity of taking basic courses is waived. Use the link below to look up individual college AP credit policies:

Look up colleges and universities that offer credit or placement for AP test scores

Students should also check with individual colleges to determine what AP credit options are best for them. College-bound students should consider taking one or more AP courses. Research shows students completing one or more AP courses, regardless of their grades, do better in college than those never taking AP courses.

View AP Testing Schedule

Students should arrive at their testing location at 7:30 am for 8:00 am tests, and at 11:30 am for 12:00 pm tests. All AP students are also required to attend a pre-administration session to be held during Thunder Block prior to test day. Additional details on testing locations and the AP pre-administration session dates will be communicated via AP teachers.

AP & DUAL ENROLLMENT

St. James Academy students have several options for earning college credit for courses taken at SJA:

  • Enrollment in SJA’s Advanced Placement (AP) courses – Advanced Placement (AP) is a national program created by the College Board which offers college-level curricula and examinations to high school students. Colleges and universities may grant placement and course credit to students who meet score thresholds on the examinations. Click box below for details.
  • Dual enrollment in Johnson County Community College’s College Now program – The College Now program is a partnership program that provides high school students with an opportunity to earn college credits through concurrent enrollment while completing their high school requirements.  Click box below for details.
  • Dual enrollment in Johnson County Community College’s Quick Step College Algebra – Quick Step College Algebra is Johnson County Community College’s program that allows students to earn college credit by enrolling in and completing the coursework in the College Algebra class at St. James Academy.  Click box below for details.

College Now

Quick Step College Algebra

TEST PREP RESOURCES

SJA TEST PREP PROGRAM

The best preparation for standardized college admission tests is engaging in a rigorous curriculum on a daily basis. Classes throughout the SJA curriculum prepare students by either introducing them to relevant content or practicing skills necessary to be successful on the ACT or SAT. Each grade level is also given deliberate opportunities to prepare for these tests.

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POWER PREP COURSES

PRINCETON REVIEW 10 CLASS ACT PREP COURSE AT SJA

OTHER TEST PREP RESOURCES

See the list of some companies and individuals that offer test prep services in the Kansas City area. (For ACT, SAT, PSAT, AP, etc.) Please keep in mind that this list is provided for informational purposes only. St. James Academy does not specifically endorse these or any other private companies or tutors.

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STANDARDIZED TESTING PREPARATION

The best preparation for standardized college admission tests is engaging in a rigorous curriculum on a daily basis. Classes throughout the SJA curriculum prepare students by either introducing them to relevant content or practicing skills necessary to be successful on the ACT or SAT. Each grade level is also given deliberate opportunities to prepare for these tests.

  • Students are introduced to ACT question types and test-taking strategies in English, Math, and Science classes throughout the year.
  • Students are given actual ACT test questions to practice and gain reasoning skills in all of their core courses.
  • Freshmen, Sophomores and most Juniors take a full-length practice ACT every October. Each student is given a detailed score report. Juniors may choose to take the PSAT, instead of a practice ACT, to compete in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
  • Sophomores are given the opportunity to take an optional PSAT practice test at SJA, with scoring and results provided.
  • Juniors may take College Explorations, a school day course that uses the Princeton Review ACT Prep curriculum to help students prepare for the ACT as well as gives them the opportunity to explore colleges and careers.
  • SJA also offers a College Explorations class that prepares students for the PSAT and ACT for those wanting to learn strategies for both tests.
  • Evening classes are offered on the SJA campus by Princeton Review and Power Prep for ACT preparation.

Students are encouraged to take the ACT several times throughout their Junior year as well as in early fall Senior year. Our prep program is designed to help our students feel confident and prepared to do their best as they check off this part of the college admission process.

JCCC COLLEGE NOW

JCCC “COLLEGE NOW” DUAL ENROLLMENT

The College Now program is a partnership program that provides high school students with an opportunity to earn college credits through concurrent enrollment while completing their high school requirements.

JCCC COLLEGE NOW CLASSES AT ST. JAMES ACADEMY

  • AP Literature & Composition – Prerequisite of  ENG 121 or AP Eng Lang with AP score of 3 or higher
  • AP Chemistry – Prerequisite of Math 171 (QuckStep) with a “C” or higher, or ACT math subscore of 26, or take Accuplacer
  • AP Statistics – Prerequisite of Math 171 (QuickStep) or Math 173 (Pre-Calc) with a grade of “C” or higher, or ACT subscore of 26, or take Accuplacer
  • AP American Government (offered 2nd semester only) – No JCCC prerequisite
  • AP Spanish 4 – No JCCC prerequisite
  • AP Spanish 5 – No JCCC prerequisite

 Enrollment information will be provided at the beginning of the course by the classroom instructor.

JCCC QUICK STEP COLLEGE ALGEBRA

Quick Step is Johnson County Community College’s program that allows students to earn college credit for College Algebra by enrolling in and completing the coursework in the College Algebra class at St. James Academy. More information

An ACT math score of 25 or higher confirms your eligibility to dual enroll with JCCC for this course. This score must be officially submitted to JCCC.

If you do not have a qualifying ACT score, you can take the JCCC Accuplacer placement exam. The exam is free and no appointment is needed. This placement test is administered in the JCCC Testing Center, SC 334. It is an untimed, computerized exam designed to determine current level of understanding in math.

JCCC Quick Step College Algebra enrollment information will be provided at the beginning of the course by the classroom instructor.

Have you already completed this course?  Click here to request your JCCC transcript.

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