Ohio Graduation Tests (OGT)
The OGT are assessments aligned to Ohio’s Academic Content Standards in reading, mathematics, science, social studies and writing. The test is taken in March by all sophomores; students who fail one or more of the tests are given opportunities in their junior and senior year to take those tests again.
Apollo Career Center also offers a summer tutoring session and a testing opportunity for those students who wish to take advantage of it. We want our students to take these tests very seriously but not to become worried about them.
The Class of 2017 will be the last students required to pass all five sections of the current Ohio Graduation Test to graduate. Click here to view the graduation requirements for the Class of 2018 and beyond.
The ACT is a national college admissions examination (accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the U.S.) that consists of subject area tests in:
The ACT includes 215 multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete, including a short break (or just over four hours if you are taking the ACT Plus Writing). Actual testing time is 2 hours and 55 minutes (plus 30 minutes if you are taking the ACT Plus Writing). The ACT is administered on six test dates — September, October, December, February, April, and June.
Students are advised to take this college entrance exam in either April of their junior year or the fall of their senior year. All accredited colleges in the state of Ohio require this test for admission or placement.
MAP, or the Measure of Academic Progress, is administered in the fall and spring of the freshman and junior years. It is a computerized adaptive test which helps teachers, parents, and administrators improve learning for all students and make informed decisions to promote a child’s academic growth.
The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It is a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT®. It also gives you a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools.
The PSAT 10 is a practice SAT exam that is administered during the school day in February of the sophomore year. It is aligned to the new SAT, meaning it has new SAT question types including evidence support questions on the reading. Its scores are reported on the same scale as the new SAT. The PSAT 10 is designed specifically for sophomores in high school, so its questions are not as difficult as the PSAT/NMSQT, which is designed for juniors. The PSAT 10 does not qualify students for the National Merit competition, even if a really high score is achieved; it is simply an SAT practice test to prepare for future testing.
All juniors take the PSAT/NMSQT test at LCC during the school day in the Fall. The top scoring students on this test are designated as National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists. The cost of the the test is $15.00.
The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test that lets you show colleges what you know and how well you can apply that knowledge. It tests your knowledge of reading, writing and math — subjects that are taught every day in high school classrooms. Most students take the SAT during their junior or senior year of high school, and almost all colleges and universities use the SAT to make admission decisions.
The SAT test is administered on seven test dates each year – October, November, December, January, March, May and June. Students are advised to take the SAT for the first time during the spring of their junior year and a second time during the fall of their senior year. Many schools outside the state of Ohio require this test.
Some private schools require the SAT Subject Tests for admission (one hour exams in specific areas). Students should check the bulletin of the college to which they are applying in order to determine what test(s) will be required.