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What Are All of These Tests?

A Helpful Guide to Understanding Educational Assessment.

Advanced Placement (AP)

Advanced Placement (AP) is a cooperative educational endeavor between secondary schools and colleges and universities. AP allows motivated high school students with the opportunity to take college-level courses in a high school setting. Currently there are 37 courses and exams across 22 subject areas in the AP program.   Please see our Advanced Placement page.

ACT/SAT Testing

Most colleges require either the SAT or ACT testing for admissions. Often UC and Private colleges require SAT IIs (2 subject exams) in addition to the SAT/ACT. Check college applications for submission dates of test scores; they can vary from college to college. Registration sites for the official exams:


ACT is a test that is used by colleges as a part of its admission process. The ACT test assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. The multiple-choice tests cover four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science. The Writing Test, which is optional, measures skill in planning and writing a short essay.

PTSA Mock Exams for SAT, ACT and PSAT

Rancho Bernardo PTSA and Princeton Review offer mock tests for SAT, ACT, and PSAT. These tests give students a chance to take tests, receive their scores, and learn strategies to utilize before they take the real SAT and ACT tests. These tests do not get sent to colleges and give students a chance to get accustomed to standardized tests prior to taking actual exams.
These mock exams are a fundraiser for the PTSA and all profits are utilized to support Rancho Bernardo programs. The PTSA recommends that freshmen and sophomores take the mock PSAT and that sophomores and juniors take the mock SAT and/or ACT so they are ready in their junior year to take the real tests.

SAT Reasoning Test

SAT is a test that is used by colleges as a part of its admissions process. The SAT Reasoning Test is a measure of the critical thinking skills you'll need for academic success in college. The SAT assesses how well students analyze and solve problems--skills learned in school that are needed in college. The SAT is typically taken by high school juniors and seniors.
The SAT includes several different question types, including: a student-produced essay, multiple-choice questions, and student-produced responses (grid-ins)

SAT Subject Tests

SAT Subject Tests (formerly SAT II: Subject Tests) are designed to measure knowledge and skills in particular subject areas, as well as ability to apply that knowledge. Some colleges use the Subject Tests for admission, for course placement, and to advise students about course selection.

PSAT (Practice SAT)

The PSAT is a practice for the SAT Reasoning Test, which measures critical reading skills, math problem-solving skills, and writing skills. The PSAT is a student’s opportunity to experience the format and questions of the SAT.

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)

January 1, 2014, California Education Code Section 60640 established the CAASPP System of assessments. The CAASPP - CalEdFacts Web page provides a more detailed overview of the system. Also see

The Early Assessment Program (EAP)

The Early Assessment Program (EAP) is a collaborative effort among the State Board of Education (SBE), the California Department of Education (CDE) and the California State University (CSU). The program was established to provide opportunities for students to measure their readiness for college-level English and mathematics in their junior year of high school, and to facilitate opportunities for them to improve their skills during their senior year. The goal of the EAP program is to have California high school graduates enter the CSU fully prepared to begin college-level study.

The Entry Level Math (ELM) and English Placement Test (EPT)

The California State University system requires potential students to take the English Placement Test (EPT) and the Entry Level Mathematics Test (ELM) prior to enrollment in the CSU. These tests are designed to measure preparedness for college level courses. Students can be exempted by means of scores earned on other appropriate tests such as the EAP, the SAT, and ACT. The EPT and the ELM are not admission tests; instead, they determine eligibility to enroll in specific courses. Students who are required to take the EPT and the ELM but fail to do so will not be allowed to register for General Education courses at the CSU. Not performing well on the tests will require placement in an appropriate remedial or developmental program or activity during the first term of enrollment.

Palomar College Assessments

FIRST: Register online at – Enroll for summer of your graduation year. You cannot take the assessments unless you have registered.
SAVE: Your Palomar College ID number. You must bring it with you when you sign up in the Bronco Center AND when you take the test. Sign up in the Bronco Center NOW.
REPORT: To the Library on the day and time you chose. Don’t be late.
BRING: A picture ID with you along with your Palomar College ID #.
MAKE: An appointment with a Palomar College counselor (after you complete the assessments) on any “EAP” Saturday, through May.
LAST: You are now ready to register for classes on any computer and at any location.
Palomar Scholarships: .Click on FinancialAid/Scholarships. There is also a copy of the Palomar Scholarship in the Bronco Center.

Spanish Assessment of Basic Education (SABE)

The SABE/2 Spanish-language test battery gives an accurate and useful picture of students' academic strengths and weaknesses and provides the detailed information teachers need to plan effective individual and group instruction.
PSAT/NMSQT stands for Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT Reasoning Test. It also gives students a chance to enter National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) scholarship programs. The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is a co-sponsored program by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC)