- Access (for English Language Learners)
- Advanced Placement Tests (AP)
- American College Testing (ACT)
- Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)
- Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA)
- The Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP)
- Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
AP exams are administered in May.
AP exams are college level courses/exams administered to students in the AP courses to earn advanced standing or credit at most high schools and universities.
Who: Students in grades 9 - 12
The ACT assesses student academic readiness for colleges and universities and is used for admission by colleges and universities. It tests knowledge of English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science. The writing portion is optional.
When: September, October, December, February, April, and June.
Who: Students in grades 11 -12
The ASVAB is a test for high school students taken when they are in 10th, 11th, and/or 12th grade. Although the ASVAB may sound like a military test alone, the ASVAB is a multiple-aptitude battery that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success. The ASVAB is a test that consists of eight individual tests, including general science, arithmetic, reading, word knowledge, paragraph comprehension, mathematics knowledge, electronics information, auto and shop information, and mechanical comprehension. The ASVAB test is not just an evaluation of those interested in the military, but it is also for students interested in learning more about their abilities and what occupations and careers they might consider pursuing in the near future.
Who: Kindergarten Students
Description: The KRA is an assessment that combines age-appropriate, standardized performance tasks that measure specific skills, as well as focused observations of children's work and play to determine what each student knows and is able to do when entering kindergarten. The assessment measures readiness in four developmental domains. These domains are social foundations, physical well-being and motor development, language and literacy, and mathematics. The KRA provides a snapshot of kindergarten readiness levels, making it possible to confidently determine if entering students have the skills and behaviors needed to succeed in kindergarten. It also highlights what early childhood educators, families, and communities can do to improve children’s readiness.
Who: Students in Grades 3-10.
When: March - May
Description: The Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP) covers state and federally-mandated assessments in English Language Arts/Literacy, Mathematics, Science, Government, and Kindergarten Readiness. MCAP also includes Alternate Assessments for select students.
Students participate in required tests in four subject areas:
- 3rd - 8th grade math and Algebra/Data Analysis (or Geometry or Algebra II)
- 3rd - 8th grade English/Language Arts and English 10
- 8th grade social studies and American Government (high school)
- 5th and 8th grade science and Life Science/Biology (high school)
Assessment requirements for graduation:
The following courses have assessment requirements for graduation: Algebra I, English 10/World Literature, American Government, and Biology. Students must participate in the course associated assessments in order to fulfill graduation requirements. Additionally, all students must participate in at least one math and one English/Language Arts assessment during high school, even students who took the Algebra I MCAP in middle school.
Starting in the 2023-2024 school year, the MCAP tests in Government and Biology began transitioning to End of Course assessments (EOC). Beginning with first-time freshmen in the 2023-2024 school year, these EOCs will count for 20% of a student's final transcripted grade for the respective courses. For more information on EOCs, please visit the Maryland State Department of Education End of Course Exams web page.
When: October 25, 2023
Who: High School Students in Grades 9-11
Description: The Preliminary SAT, also known as the PSAT or PSAT/NMSQT® (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test), is a practice version of the SAT exam. Students can take the PSAT once per year, and it is offered free of charge to all SMCPS students in grades 9-11. Students who earn a high score on the PSAT/NMSQT as 11th graders could qualify to receive a National Merit Scholarship. More information about PSAT/NMSQT can be found here.
The SAT assesses student academic readiness for college and is used for admission by colleges and universities. It tests knowledge of Critical Reading, Writing, and Mathematics.
School Day SAT for high school juniors - March 13, 2024
As part of a comprehensive strategy to ensure access and opportunity for all students, St. Mary's County Public Schools (SMCPS) provides important college readiness examinations to all students. SMCPS is proud to be able to offer the SAT test, free of charge, to every junior in our school system who desires to participate during the school day on March 13, 2024. The SAT is not only used as an admission standard by many colleges and universities, but it also connects students with available scholarship funds. If students have already taken an SAT test, it never hurts to take the test again. Many colleges now "superscore" which allows students to submit their highest sub-scores from multiple SAT tests. SAT scores do not expire, so even if students are not planning on enrolling in college immediately, they should participate in the test so that they have an SAT score available if they should need it in the future.
Other SAT Administrations
Student may also register to take the SAT on certain Saturdays throughout the year at various sites.
When: October, November, December, January, March, May, and June
Who: Students in grades 11 and 12