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National Standardized Tests

The College Board of the Educational testing Service and the American College Testing (ACT) Service offer examinations whose scores are sought as part of the admission criteria by post-secondary educational institutions. Arlington High School conducts a Center for Admission testing Programs of the College Board for PSAT and SAT. ACT test centers are available in the Metropolitan Boston Area. Sophomores are encouraged to take the Pre-ACT and Juniors are encouraged to take the PSAT to give information for test preparation and testing decisions. Juniors also take the PSAT in order to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Program (NMSQP). Information about these tests is given at regular intervals through the School Counseling Office and the school calendar. Students work out a tentative calendar of testing with their counselors at the end of the sophomore year.

The Advanced Placement Examinations provide the means by which secondary school students may demonstrate their readiness to undertake advanced courses as college freshmen. These tests help colleges judge the qualifications of candidates for advanced placement and college credit. Please check with your child's AP teachers for information about specific tests.

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) measures the ability of non-native speakers of English to use and understand North American English as it is used in college and University settings.

Students must meet or exceed a score of 472 or higher on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) in the subject areas of English Language Arts and Mathematics. Students who earn a scaled score between 440 and 469 on the English Language Arts and Mathematics examinations may receive a high school diploma only by demonstrating proficiency in the subject matter through completion of an Education Proficiency Plan (EPP) by continuing additional work in the targeted content area(s) through grade 12.

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  • Grade 10 Mathematics MCAS Reference Sheet - Link