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Updated 20 March 2018

State of Minnesota Mandatory Tests

View the WHS Testing & Assessment page for updated information as it becomes available.

ACT Testing

The state enacted legistlation that requires all juniors (11th graders) to take the ACT test. The test is given as part of Minnesota's college and career readiness goals. Mandatory ACT testing begins with the Class of 2016. Additional information about the ACT is under College Admission Tests.

College Credit & College Readiness Tests

Advanced Placement Testing (AP)

AP exams give students a chance to earn college credit at many of the nation’s colleges and universities. The credit or advanced standing earned depends upon the student's score and the policies of participating colleges. WHS gives AP exams for the courses we offer.

View the WHS Advanced Placement page for full details about AP testing offered at WHS.

PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Qualifying Test)


What is the test? The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a standardized test for juniors that provides first-hand practice for the SAT. It gives Grade 11 students a chance to enter National Merit scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools. Students will receive feedback on their strengths/weaknesses for college studies.

When is the test? The 2017 PSAT will be administered at WHS on Wednesday, October 25, 2017. It is given during the school day and will begin at 8:30 am. Students will receive more information after they register for the test.

Who takes the test? This optional test is a rigorous national assessment for Grade 11 students and is used to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Programs. Grade 10 students may take it as a practice test only.

What is the registration procedure? Register by logging onto: https://sowashco.feepay.com. The cost is $17. Families that qualify for free or reduced lunch may be eligible for a fee reduction. Families must click the “Yes” button when they first create the account for the fee reduction to be in the system. 

The deadline for registration is Wednesday, September 27, 2017.

According to the College Board website, the most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are to:

  • Receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study.
  • Enter the competition for scholarships from NMSC (grade 11).
  • Help prepare for the SAT.

More resource Information is available on the following websites:

Career Planning Tests

Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)

The ASVAB tests a student's abilities in 8 areas. Students can use test results to predict their success in a number of careers. Woodbury High School gives the ASVAB, free of charge, to all interested juniors and seniors. The ASVAB test is in February and students must register for the test in the Counseling Office.

Website: www.asvabprogram.com

College Admissions Tests


The Accuplacer is the assessment/placement test for the Minnesota State College & Universities(MnSCU) schools. Find links to sites that offer practice Accuplacer tests under Test Prep.


The ACT and the SAT Reasoning Test are college admission tests. Most four-year colleges require that students take one of these tests, preferably in the second semester of junior year. All colleges and universities accept either the ACT or the SAT; the student need not take both. Some colleges also require the SAT Subject Tests.

ACT Website: wwww.actstudent.org

SAT Website: www.collegeboard.com

For more information or to register for a test, go to their website. We have registration materials in the Counseling & Career Center too.

ACT Test Dates

Register online for ACT tests at www.actstudent.org. Allow 30-45 minutes to answer all registration questions. You will be required to submit a photograph so that your identity can be verified at the testing location.

SAT Test Dates

Register for this year's SAT tests online at CollegeBoard.com.

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