Important Information Regarding Graduation Requirements For State Testing
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CLEP (College-Level Examination Program) is the most widely accepted credit-by-examination program in the U.S. with more than 2,900 college and universities awarding credit for satisfactory scores on CLEP exams. With CLEP, a student can earn college credit for what he or she already knows - regardless of where or how that knowledge was acquired - by passing a 90-minutes multiple-choice examination. Click here for more information on CLEP and for registration information.
College Entrance Examinations (ACT and SAT)
MCA Testing (Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments)
The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) are the state tests that help districts measure student progress toward Minnesota's academic standards. Click this link to view the Owatonna District's MCA testing calendar. See also the testing section under "students" for more information, including test samples and tutorials.
NWEA Tests (Northwest Evaluation Association)
A formative testing system that responds to the child, and gives educators detailed insight into kids' learning. Click this link to view the Owatonna District's NWEA testing calendar.
PLAN - Sophomores
The PLAN test is an achievement test measuring academic skill levels in math, science, reading, and English. The test results show percentile ranks for each test and how the student compared to all the other 10th graders nationwide. There is also an interest inventory that the student completes that shows them which careers are aligned with their interests. The results also tell students how they can improve their scores in each of the four test areas prior to taking the ACT in 11th grade. Watch the student announcements for information about signing up for this test.
Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) - Juniors
The PSAT is a highly competitive test offered once per year to juniors at OHS. The PSAT measures verbal, mathematical reasoning, and writing skills and provides a comparison of these academic skills to students nationwide. The results of this test are used to determine National Merit Scholarship winners. It is also a practice test for the SAT. The fee for the PSAT is $20. Watch the student announcements for information about signing up for this test.