High School Standard Tests

State of California for High School Students

In addition to the testing described below, the following tests are available to Soquel High School students:

STAR:In 1997, Senate Bill 376 established the Standardized Testing andReporting (STAR) Program requiring all California public schools to use asingle standardized test. At Soquel High School, students in grades9-11 are assessed in reading, writing, mathematics, social science andscience. Individual student scores are sent to parents during the summerof each year. The STAR test is administered at SHS over several daysduring the spring semester. These important test days are announced inadvance so students and parents may plan and prepare accordingly. SoquelHigh School's ranking in the Academic Performance Index (API) is basedby averaging individual student scores. API information is availablethrough the district, the school and the internet.

The California High School Proficiency Exam:Students may earn the legal equivalent of a high school diploma byproving proficiency in basic English and math skills via thisstate-sponsored exam which is given twice each year. (Nov. and April).Students must be at least 16 or have completed the tenth grade or beenrolled in the second semester of the tenth grade. Passing this examallows students to leave high school (with parental permission) to seekfull time employment or enrollment at a community college in California.Acceptance of this certificate may vary out of state. The CHSPEregistration packet with more details is available in the CounselingOffice or by contacting the website:  www.cde.ca.gov/statetests/chspe.The test may be taken more than once if necessary and currently costs$50.00. The requested school code number : 4437406

The General Educational Development Test:The GED is a nationally recognized test and is available to studentswho are 18 or older through the Adult Education Office. It tests basicproficiency in the areas of English, math, science, and social studies. AGED test preparation course is available through Adult Ed. The GED feeis currently $57 (cash or money order only). The test may be taken morethan once if necessary. Call the Adult Ed. Office at 429-3966 for moredetails and an appointment for testing.

COLLEGE BOUND TESTING PROGRAM: 4-year Universities and Community Colleges

Soquel HS Code # - 053398

Soquel HS SAT Test Center # 05-804

Soquel HS ACT Test Center # - 208210

PSAT:The PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test measures verbal andmath reasoning abilities important for academic performance in college.It assesses ability to reason with facts and concepts rather than theability to recall and recite them. The PSAT includes two verbalsections, two math sections and a writing skills section.  This 2-hr +10-min exam is given only once each year in October and is most oftentaken by juniors although 10th graders who completed geometry may chooseto take the PSAT for practice.

The PSAT is not a required examand is not used as part of the college admission process.  However, itis very beneficial as a preview of the SAT I and as predictor ofpossible SAT scores.  More importantly for juniors, exceptionally scoresmay qualify the student for a National Merit Scholarship.  Registrationfor the PSAT is handled in the Soquel HS Finance Office where the testfee is paid and the study guide is distributed.

SAT I:Reasoning Test is an entrance exam required by most 4-year colleges. The 3-hr test that measures verbal and math abilities is administered atSoquel HS Test Center (Center #05-804) on 5 identified Saturdaymornings throughout the year for a fee.  Aptos HS Test Center is a goodsecond choice site.  Most students take the SAT I twice, as juniors inMay or June and then again as seniors in October.  Colleges will use thehighest score for admissions.  The informative registration booklet andhelpful study guide are available in the Counseling Office.  TheUniversity of California and many private colleges also required theSATII for admissions.

SAT II: Subject Testsare required in addition to the SAT I by UC, some out of state and manyprivate colleges as part of the admissions process as well as forplacement purposes.  Each 1-hr exam measures your knowledge of aparticular subject and your ability to apply that knowledge

TheUC system and most of the other campuses require 3 tests.  Writing andone of three choices of math must be taken in addition to one electivechoice from literature, two areas of history, three sciences or eightworld languages.  Be sure to check the particular college catalog forspecifics.

The registration process, test sites, etc. for theSubject Tests are the same as the SAT I.  You may not take the SAT I andSAT II on the same day; however, you may take one, two or three SAT IISubject Tests on the same day.  Each test is one hour during a possible3-hr testing session.  The best time to take a Subject Test is eitherafter completion of the particular course (e.g., Biology) or at the endof a sequence of classes (e.g., Spanish 1,2, 3, test).  Most studentstake two or three subject tests at a time, usually in June of theirjunior year and again in November or December of the senior year formost college admissions.

ACT: The AmericanCollege Test, ACT, is very similar to the SAT I and may be used by mostcolleges instead of the SAT I.  In fact, a few campuses prefer the ACTso be sure to check the particular college catalog.  The ACT reportsscores in English, math, reading, and science reasoning.  The ACT isadministered at the Soquel HS Test Center  (Center #208210) on 5Saturday mornings throughout the year for a fee.  The registration formand study guide are available in the Counseling Office. 

Advanced Placement Tests:Soquel HS currently offers the following Advanced Placement classes: AP English Literature, AP Chemistry, AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP USHistory, AP European History and AP Spanish.  Advanced Placementexaminations are administered during January and May on campus, althoughyou are not required to take the AP exam as part of your enrollment inthese classes.  If you score 3 or better on the test, you may earncollege credit. Your AP teacher or counselor can give you more details.

CSU:English Placement Test (EPT) and Entry Level Mathematics Test (ELM).After being admitted but prior to enrollment at any CSU campus, studentsare required to take the EPT and ELM unless otherwise exempt by meansof previous test scores such as the SAT or ACT.  The EPT and ELM areused for placement, to determine eligibility in specific courses.  Testregistration information and details about the actual tests are sent tonewly admitted students by CSU with possible test dates.  The test sitesare the 23 CSU campuses.  These tests may be taken only once.  Studentsselect the closest campus to their home rather than the campus theyplan to attend.  For example, SHS students can choose either San JoseState or CSU-Monterey Bay even if they plan to attend San Diego State.

UC:Subject A Examination. Students admitted to the UC system are requiredto take a writing competency exam unless otherwise exempt due to testscores on the SAT II Writing or AP English Exam.  In early spring UCwill mail each student a very detailed information booklet regarding theSubject A exam (locations, date, test format, sample topics).  Thistest can be taken only once and is usually scheduled in early May. Students unable to take this test or not passing the test will berequired to enroll in a writing course the first semester on the UCcampus.

TOEFL: The Test of English as aForeign Language or TOEFL is required by colleges as part of theadmissions process of students who have not completed at least 3 yearsof high school in an English speaking country.  It is used to determinethe English proficiency of students whose native language is notEnglish.  Information is available in the Counseling Office.

Assessment Tests
:Students planning to attend Cabrillo College concurrently while stillin high school or after graduation as a full or part-time student needto take Cabrillo's assessment tests...

  • enrolling in an English or math class for the first time
  • enrolling in more than 6 units needed to meet a course prerequisite

The assessment tests evaluate basic skills in math, English, andreading to assist students in choosing appropriate level classes.  Thetests include an objective reading test, a written essay and a choice ofthree levels of math, The tests, campus orientation and advisementprogram usually takes 4 hours.  Students can make an assessmentappointment by calling the Cabrillo Assessment Office at 479-6267.

Students are encouraged to take an English class as well as a mathclass during the senior year in an effort to better prepare for orreview for this assessment process.  If this is not possible, theassessment test should be taken after completion of the last class inthat subject area.  Assessment results are honored for 2 years.  Sampletests are available at Cabrillo's Assessment Center or SHS CounselingOffice.  Early Assessment for Cabrillo is held at SHS in March.