Class of 2021-Seniors
School District U-46 will be administering the SAT with Essay to all seniors on Wednesday, September 23 at their home high school.
The SAT with Essay is a state of Illinois graduation requirement for all students in the Class of 2021, and their attendance on testing day is expected. By providing the exam on Sept. 23, 2020, students will receive their scores with ample time for early college admittance and scholarships.
For parents and students with concerns about taking the test in person at their high school in September, there will be an opportunity for seniors to test in April with the juniors as a part of our Illinois State Board of Education required spring assessments. If a senior tests in April, it will count for the graduation requirement. The state of Illinois SAT graduation requirement can only be fulfilled through a school day test; the Saturday national testing dates do not count.
All CDC and Illinois Department of Health safety measures and guidelines will be followed before, during, and after the administration of the test, including wearing a mask during the test and maintaining social distancing of six feet or more while on U-46 facilities and property. Please visit our District page on Safety Measures.
The testing schedule for the day is being finalized and transportation will be provided for students who would typically qualify for transportation. More information regarding the Wednesday, Sept. 23 SAT with Essay testing will come directly from your high school.
To make this process run smoothly, we need to know soon which seniors will go ahead with the Sept. 23 test, and which ones wish to wait until April.
So please have your senior complete this survey from their U-46 student email; the survey will only work with U-46 emails. The survey asks the senior about the date that they will take the SAT with Essay exam and their transportation needs.
All seniors must complete this form by August 28, 2020.
If you have concerns about the test or have additional questions, please contact your high school’s administrator before Friday, Aug. 28.
Bartlett High School - Aaron Wichman, email@example.com, 630.372.4700 x4630
Central School - Mary Mangione, firstname.lastname@example.org, 847.888.5000 x4276
Dream Academy - Mary Perkins, email@example.com, 847.888.5000 x2761
Elgin High School - Alan Flota, firstname.lastname@example.org, 847.888.5100 x5104
Larkin High School - Joan Riedel, email@example.com, 847.888.5200 x5206
South Elgin High School - Greg Baker, firstname.lastname@example.org, 847.289.3760 x3663
Streamwood High School - Kim Rudden, email@example.com, 630.213.5500 x5507
Class of 2022-Juniors
School District U-46 will be administering the SAT with Essay to all juniors on Tuesday, April 13 at their home high school.
State Assessments & Study Resources
Schools in School District U-46 will be administering important state assessments to students in 9th, 10th, and 11th grades on April 14 and April 15, 2020. You can find a detailed testing schedule here. Below you will find descriptions of each of the exams as well as sites to visit for more information and study resources. Questions should be directed to your child's high school counselor.
All high school students should have an active College Board account. Parents should have an account to view their children’s college-related test scores. Free accounts can be created at www.collegeboard.org, and results are released quickest online. The collegeboard.org website also offers resources for preparing for the tests, applying for scholarships, and sending scores to colleges.
School District U-46 will be administering the PSAT/NMSQT for interested sophomores and juniors on Wednesday, October 14, 2020. More information will be coming soon.
The PSAT 8/9 and the PSAT 10 are state-required, preliminary SAT exams for freshmen (the 8/9) and sophomores (10) that are given to students in the spring at school. They are an assessment of verbal, math, and writing skills with an emphasis on reasoning and logic skills. Scholarship programs use the PSAT 10 exams to find students. Here's info on understanding your PSAT 8/9 scores, and this page explains how your PSAT 10 score reports should be viewed as roadmaps to point you in the direction of what you need to work on to get ready for the SAT, and what you're already doing well.
Those who take the PSAT as a junior might qualify for academic recognition because it serves as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT). Top performing juniors nationally may be eligible for money through National Merit, National Achievement, or National Hispanic Scholarship funds.
The SAT is the state-required exam that all students take during their junior year and is one tool that is used to measure a student’s knowledge and skills in reading, writing, and mathematics - subjects that are taught every day in high school classes.
This assessment is a requirement to graduate in the state of Illinois. Taking the SAT separately on a Saturday does not fulfill the state graduation requirements; it must be taken on a school day to meet the state requirement.
While students are required to take the SAT during their junior year, they have the opportunity to take it a second time in the fall of their senior year before college application deadlines.
The SAT exam tests knowledge in these areas:
- In the reading section, students demonstrate their comprehension skills by reading fiction and non-fiction passages and answering multiple-choice questions.
- In the writing and language section, students identify errors and improve grammar and usage via multiple-choice questions.
- In the math section, students demonstrate their knowledge of algebra, geometry, problem-solving, and modeling via multiple choice and short answer questions.
- In the essay portion, students will read and evaluate a passage under 750 words and then write an essay analyzing the author's argument
The Illinois Science Assessment, or ISA, is state required and administered to students in 11th grade. It is a comprehensive exam that includes life, physical, Earth and space sciences with engineering and technological design features embedded in the other science domains. It has three test sessions, and the estimated student time on task per session is 40 minutes, although students may continue to work past the estimated 40 minutes, as long as they do not leave the test session.
The ISA aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards and the Illinois Learning Standards for Science. More info can be found via the Illinois State Board of Education, and details on the 2020 test are found here.