Testing & Assessments

These test dates and other important academic dates are listed on the WHS Academic Calendar

Updated December 2019

MCA Testing

April 14-17, 2020

  • 10th grade MCA Reading Test: Scheduled through English 10.
    • Testing Rationale: Measure reading proficiency against state standards;
      Reading college and career readiness score correlates to college entrance standardizes tests;
      Meet federal & state accountability requirements.
    • View MCA Reading Sampler (SELECT Grade 10)

April 20-22, 2020

  • 11th grade math: Scheduled through U.S. History/AP U.S. History
    11th graders not in one of these classes will be assigned a test time
    • Testing Rationale: Measure Math proficiency against state standards,
      Correlate college & career readiness score to college entrance standardized test,
      Meet federal & state accountability requirements.
    • View MCA Math Sampler (SELECT Grade 11)

April 29-May 1, 2020

  • High School Science: Scheduled through biology class (students take the science test the year they are enrolled in biology)
    • Testing Rationale: Measure science proficiency against state standards,
      Meet federal & state accountability requirements.
    • View MCA Science Sampler (SELECT High School)


The Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS) is an alternate assessment based on alternate achievement standards for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. It is part of the Minnesota assessment program. The MTAS measures reading, mathematics, and science skills that are linked to the general education curriculum. These skills represent high expectations for students with significant cognitive disabilities, but tasks to measure these skills are considerably less difficult than the items on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA)

March 30-April 10, 2020

  • Grade 10: Reading
  • Grade 11: Math
  • High School Science: Taken in the year the student takes Biology


The ACCESS for ELLs and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs are English language proficiency assessments used to meet federal and state legislative requirements. These assessments are used to monitor English learners' progress as they develop academic language skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. All English learners in grades K-12 in public schools are required to participate annually in an English language proficiency assessment.

February 2-4, 2020

  • Alternate ACCESS

February 2-13, 2020

  • Grades 9-12: Listening, Reading, Writing

February 17-March 6, 2020

  • Grades 9-12: Speaking

2020 ACT+Writing (Juniors)

March 19, 2020

  • ACT Advisory--Preregistration
  • Students will complete ACT registration on paper.
  • This pre-registration is MANDATORY and must be completed prior to test day.

April 7, 2020

Minnesota legislation requires districts to offer the ACT + Writing test to juniors during the school day in the spring of their junior year at no cost to families. The ACT scores will be part of the student’s official ACT record and can be provided to colleges at no cost.

ACT+Writing Test Day Activities for Freshman, Sophomores, and Seniors

To meet ACT test administration rules, testing our juniors will require building-wide use of WHS. Students in grades 9, 10, and 12 will not report to school on April 7, 2020. These students are expected to work on academics from home. View the District 833 information announcement regarding this day.

"Royal Readiness" All School Testing Day

October 15, 2019

On test day, students in grades 10-11 will report to their advisor at the beginning of the day. Your advisory most likely will NOT be held in your usual room. Room assignments will be posted by advisor in the hallways starting Monday, October 14. Please check this room assignment list before test day!

  • Grade 9: Students will work on academics from home
  • Grade 10: Pre-ACT test or PSAT
    • Pre-ACT Testing Rationale: Students will experience a timed, standardized test and receive predictive ACT scores in Math, English, Reading, and Science.
    • PSAT Testing
    • View PreACT Test Prep Websites (Counseling & Career Center > Testing webpage)
  • Grade 11: ACT practice test or PSAT
    • Practice ACT Testing Rationale: Students will experience a timed, standardized test and receive predictive ACT scores in Math, English, Reading, and Science.
    • PSAT Testing Rationale: Qualifying test for National Merit Scholarships.
    • View ACT Test Prep Websites (Counseling & Career Center > Testing webpage)
  • Grade 12: Students may use this day to visit colleges, prepare application materials for post secondary options, or research schools of their choice. Any senior who would prefer to be in school will be enrolled in a monitored study hall.
  • NOTES: Students will NOT be allowed to go to their locker after 8:30 a.m. until the end of the day. Make sure all you need is with you, including your lunch, pencil, and calculator.
    • The PreACT and the Practice ACT tests will give sophomores and juniors an opportunity to practice a timed test and they will predict your performance on the ACT test that all juniors take in spring.
    • Students in grades 10-11, following testing, will be in their advisories.
    • Students in grades 10 & 11 should remember to bring their #2 pencil and a calculator!