Testing & Assessment

Testing & Assessment

Ninth Grade

Tenth Grade

Students in 10th grade have the option of taking the PSAT/NMSQT in the fall.

PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test)

  • The PSAT is taken primarily by college bound 11th graders.

  • The PSAT is administered at the Jim Thorpe High School.

  • It is administered in mid October of each year.  The cost is minimal. Students may register to take the PSAT in the guidance office.  The PSAT is recommended  for high achieving sophomores and all college bound 11th graders.

  • The PSAT is the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT). Students who take the PSAT can qualify for National Merit Scholarships (it does not qualify 10th grade students for the scholarship - it is recommended for testing exposure - qualification occurs when the student takes the exam in 11th grade).

Eleventh Grade

Students are recommnded to take the PSAT in the Fall.


  • The Keystone Exams are end-of-course assessments designed to assess proficiency in three subjects: Algebra I, Literature and Biology. The Keystone Exams are one component of Pennsylvania's system of high school graduation requirements. Students must receive a score of PROFICIENT or ADVANCED to pass the test.

  • Students who receive a score of BASIC or BELOW BASIC may retake the test a maximum of two additional times to increase their score to PROFICIENT or ADVANCED.

Twelfth Grade

Students in 12th grade may take the PSAT, SAT, ACT, and ASVAB retake if he/she qualifies.

SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test)

  • The SAT is generally taken by 11th throughout their junior year and by 12th graders typically in the fall of their senior year.

  • Students can receive registration materials in the guidance office. Students can also
    register online at www.collegeboard.com.

  • This test is recommended for 10th, 11th and 12th grade college bound students.

    • Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
    • Math (which consists of two subsections, No Calculator and Calculator)
    • Essay (optional)

ACT (American College Test)

  • The ACT is recommended to be taken by 11th and 12th grade college-bound students.

  • 11th graders are recommended to take the ACT in the
    spring of their junior year.  12th graders are recommended to take the
    ACT in the fall of their senior year.

  • Students can register to take the ACT at www.actstudent.org

  • The cost of this test is approximately $46.00, or $62.50 if the student chooses to take the optional writing test.

  • The components of the ACT are English, Reading, Math and Science as well as an optional writing test.

ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery)

  • The ASVAB is a nationally-normed, multi-aptitude test battery that has been provided to high schools and post-secondary schools since 1968.

  • The ASVAB is currently given at the Jim Thorpe High School DURING the school day once in the fall and once in the spring at no additional cost.

  • If a student wishes to take the test outside of school they can either contact a recruiter or contact the guidance office requesting them to contact a recruiter.

  • Students can decide not to take the ASVAB with parent permission only.