Dakota Adventist Academy

Bismarck | ND
Iowa, SAT, and ACT... Oh My!
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Tests are a huge part of your academic journey through academy.  Learn more about these tests in order to be prepared for them and understand their impact on your path to success.  For specific test dates, check out our calendar on the home page.

Iowa Assessments
The Iowa Assessment tests measure student achievement and growth across several years of a student's academic journey.  This test is given to students in grades 9 and 10 at our school and is a great tool for you to identify and improve your strengths and weaknesses.  Learn more about the Iowa Assessments on their website by clicking here.  No registration is required by students/parents for these tests.

PSAT/NMSQT
The PSAT/NMSQT has a long and intimidating title, but is simply the preparation test for the SAT as well as the screening test for the National Merit Scholarship Program (learn more about that scholarship program here).  All juniors at DAA take this test during the fall, and no registration is required by students or parents for this test.

SAT
The SAT is a test that measures what you have learned in high school and what you need in order to succeed in college; learn more about the test here.  Generally, SAT promotes that setting a personal standard for academic success throughout high school is the best way to prepare for the SAT; this includes taking challenging courses, doing your homework, preparing for quizzes and tests, and asking and getting answers to your questions.  For specific testing tips for the SAT, check out their website: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/inside-the-test/study-guide-students.  On this site, you will be able to find practice tips, test-taking strategies (i.e. no penalty for guessing!), sample questions, and practice tests.  You can also get free SAT practice on Khan Academy's website (https://www.khanacademy.org/sat).  Students will need to register for this test (see SAT's website for registration deadlines).  For first time SAT test-takers, you will need to fill out a paper application form (available in the registrar's office) in order to request non-Saturday testing; a letter from your Bible teacher/chaplain will also be required with the registration form.

ACT
The ACT is arguably the most important test a high school student takes.  Most colleges in the United States look at a student's ACT test scores in combination with cumulative GPA to determine what scholarships you are eligible for.  The ACT is the leading college admissions test to measure what you have learned in high school and determine how ready academically you are for college.  In addition to the academic importance of this test, the ACT also includes resources for college and career planning; the World-of-Work Map is a personalized career map provided for each student along with the ACT test results.  The ACT website provides test taking tips on their website to help students be successful when they take the test.  Students will need to register for this test online (see ACT's website for registration deadlines) by creating a student account; you will pay for the test (and any additional items like the writing test or study materials) online as well.

ACT State Testing
The state of North Dakota is serious about their testing and require a mandatory ACT test for all high school juniors at all schools in North Dakota.  All juniors will take the ACT test in the spring; they do not need to register for this test.  For most students, this is their first attempt at the ACT and, as this test is paid for by ND, it is a great opportunity to get the most for your money!  Study and prepare for this test as you would any other test you pay for, and you will be using your time wisely.  Students typically end up re-taking the ACT test one or more times in order to raise their ACT scores, so being serious about your first attempt can save time and money.

More Resources
All tests have specific suggestions for doing your best on a specific test; however, there are some general test taking tips that can seriously impact your scores.  Check out some of these websites for more information on test taking tips:
Free Test Study Guides - https://www.studyguidezone.com
Tips for Coping with Test Anxiety - https://www.studyguidezone.com/testanxiety.htm
Test-Taking Tips - http://www.greatschools.org/gk/articles/test-taking-tips/
Tips for High School Students - https://huntingtonhelps.com/resources/blog/test-taking-tips-for-high-school-students