Published On: Mon, Mar 25th, 2013

CHS students have opportunity to take ASVAB and ACT tests

By WOODREEN CALDWELL, EdS

CHS PRINCIPAL

 

Students at Cherokee High School have the opportunity to participate in the following assessments:

ASVAB Test

With thousands of different jobs for enlisted personnel and officers, there’s a lot to do in the Military. The ASVAB Career Exploration Program can help young adults identify and explore potentially satisfying occupations and develop effective strategies to realize career goals.

The ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) is one of the most widely used, multiple-aptitude tests in the world, developed and maintained by the Department of Defense. More than half of all high schools nationwide administer the ASVAB test to students in grades 10, 11 and 12 (sophomores cannot use their scores for enlistment eligibility). Students may also take the test at another school or through a recruiter and may retake the test at any time.

The ASVAB consists of the following eight individual tests:

  • General Science
  • Arithmetic Reasoning
  • Word Knowledge
  • Paragraph Comprehension
  • Mathematics Knowledge
  • Electronics Information
  • Auto and Shop Information
  • Mechanical Comprehension

Students are provided with scores on each test.

The Military uses students’ ASVAB scores to identify the occupations that best suit their abilities. Junior, senior and postsecondary school students can use their ASVAB scores for enlistment for up to two years after taking the test.

These individual tests and three Career Exploration Score composites: Verbal Skills, Math Skills and Science and Technical Skills. The battery takes approximately three hours to complete, and test results are returned to schools in a few weeks.

The ACT Test

The ACT Test is a curriculum- and standards-based educational and career planning tool that assesses students’ academic readiness for college.

The ACT Test is the capstone of our College and Career Readiness System. The test uses the same score scale as ACT Explore and ACT Plan, making the system an effective tool to monitor academic progress and student growth.

The ACT (No Writing) consists of four multiple-choice tests: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science. The ACT Plus Writing includes the four multiple-choice tests and a writing test.

  • English – 75 questions, 45 minutes, measures standard written English and rhetorical skills
  • Mathematics – 60 questions, 60 minutes, measures mathematical skills students have typically acquired in courses taken up to the beginning of grade 12
  • Reading – 40 questions, 35 minutes, measures reading comprehension
  • Science – 40 questions, 35 minutes, measures the interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem –solving skills required in the natural sciences
  • Optional Writing Test – 1 prompt, 30 minutes, measures writing skills emphasized in high school English classes and in entry-level college composition courses
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