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.
EXPLORE, PLAN AND ACT
The ACT test assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. The ACT score is an important tool for gauging college readiness and is one of the major criteria used for college admissions and scholarship awards. Bethlehem administers a battery of tests to help prepare students for the ACT and to assess educational program needs. Freshmen take the EXPLORE exam and sophomores take the PLAN. Both of these tests yield a predictive score for the ACT and offer educators a chance to develop an improvement plan.
The PLAN yields an estimated ACT composite score range for each student. An important school improvement goal is to have each student reach the top number of his or her ACT as predicted in their PLAN range score. For example, a student might have a predicted range of an ACT score of 19-23 based on the PLAN. A student's individualized academic goal would be to achieve at least a 23 on the ACT. A full listing of strategies and progress toward achieving this goal is updated each year in the School Strategic Plan.
Classroom teachers review the exam answers with their students after the results are given for remediation.
The EXPLORE and PLAN also provide to students and their families a Career Interest Inventory which provides valuable information for college and career planning. The information is interpreted in homeroom session by the counselor and sent home with the students. Parents receive an e-mail explaining the college readiness indicators and the target goal for their child and asks them to have a follow-up discussion at home about the Profile. A copy of the profile is placed in the student's transition folder.
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.
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.