Academics: Testing


The Scholastic Testing Service High School Placement Test is administered to eighth graders to assist with admissions, scholarship selection, and curriculum placement. The test is a measure of basic skills and cognitive skills. The test is given in conjunction with the Archdiocese of Louisville schools. It is offered on a Saturday in December and a make-up date is scheduled for a Saturday in January. Results of the exam are shared with parents through individual conferences with Bethlehem administrators and staff.


The ACT test is the nation's most popular college entrance exam accepted and valued by all universities and colleges in the United States.  The ACT is based on what students learn in high school. 

PSAT 8/9, Pre-ACT, PSAT and ASVAB 

The PSAT 8/9 is designed to measure what the student has learned in school and what the student will need to succeed in college.  The best way to prepare for the PSAT 8/9 is to take challenging courses, prepare for tests and quizzes, and ask and answer lots of questions.

The Pre-ACT simulates the ACT testing experience within a shorter test window.  It does include the four ACT tests:  English, Math, Reading and Science.  This test is administered to sophomores.


The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test-National Merit Scholarship Qualification Test is open to all juniors and invited sophomores as identified by previous testing and is given on the national date specified in October. This test measures skills in three basic academic areas important for success in college: Critical Reading, Math Problem Solving and Writing Skills. The PSAT allows every junior to enter the National Merit Scholarship Program competition and provides the school with a comparison of our students with national and state performance. The scores are used as one criteria for identifying students for Advanced Placement course success.

Advanced Placement

AP is college in a high school setting.  AP courses are offered to qualified students during their junior and senior years.  Following guidelines established by the College Board, these courses provide students with an accelerated and in-depth examination of the subject area at a collegiate level.  Students enrolled in these courses are expected to take the AP examinations offered each May.  There is a fee for each exam.  More than 90 percent of colleges and universities across the country accept qualifying scores for college credit.


The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery is administered in October to all seniors. The ASVAB is a nationally normed test described as "a comprehensive career exploration and planning program that includes the most widely used multiple-aptitute test battery in the world." It evaluates knowledge and skills in the three general areas of Verbal, Math, and Science and Technical Skills. ASVAB test scores also provide a snapshot of specific knowledge and skills in General Science, Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Mathematics Knowledge, Electronics Information, Auto and Shop Information and Mechanical Comprehension. Military personnel facilitate an extensive review of the results with our students to aide them in their career planning. The results are sent home and a copy is placed in each student's transition folder.

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