As one of the most influential people in your child’s life, you have the opportunity to help him or her understand the importance of preparing for life after high school. While graduation day may seem to be far in the future, now is a critical time to make sure your child is prepared to take that next step after graduation, whether that means starting college or starting a career.
On Friday October 5th all freshmen, sophomore, and junior students will take part in our Fall EPAS testing. Developed by ACT, a not-for-profit organization focused on helping students prepare for that time after high school through its commitment to helping students and schools improve their college and career readiness, EPAS testing allows for your student to evaluate their academic strengths and areas of need. Reviewing results with your student allows them to make timely coursework adjustments to get, or stay, on track for their educational and career goals.
Each of the programs includes a test with four parts – English, mathematics, reading, and science – and each offers an interest inventory. The inventory leads to career information for students based on their interests, abilities and work preferences.
Students can use the test scores to find out how well they know the subject matter and what they need to learn next. This will help them prepare for college and results can help them score better on the ACT that is taken in spring of the junior as part of the State of Illinois mandated PSAE testing.
Possibly the “best-kept secret” is that students can get a predicted score range for the next test. For example, a student’s EXPLORE results include a predicted score range for PLAN. This predicted score range assumes that the student will take additional coursework and have some academic growth. The same thing goes for the PLAN results. Students get a predicted ACT score range on the PLAN report, again, assuming additional coursework and academic growth.
EPAS is an excellent way to prepare for the ACT – one of the best indicators of readiness for college.
For more information please call the LCHS Guidance Department or visit:
Use your influence to help your child reach his or her greatest potential!
-Posted by Jon Hill
LCHS is offering the 2012 PSAT/NMSQT test on Saturday, October 20, 2012.
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's 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/NMSQT measures critical reading skills, math problem-solving skills, and writing skills. The most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are to:
1. Receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. You can then focus your preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice.
2. See how your performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college.
3. Enter the competition for scholarships from NMSC (grade 11).
4. Help prepare for the SAT. You can become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions you will see on the SAT.
5. Receive information from colleges when you check "yes" to Student Search Service.
The fee for the 2012 PSAT/NMSQT is $20.00. Please contact Leanne Bonifas in the Guidance Office to answer any questions or to get signed up. Once your payment is received, the Guidance Office will provide you a copy of the Official Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT to help you prepare before test day.
-Posted by Jon Hill
Mr. Jon Hill
Director of Guidance
Mrs. Stephanie Decker