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If you have any questions about standardized tests or surveys - feel free to contact Tara Mennitt. phone: 612.668.3509 email: Tara.Mennitt@mpls.k12.mn.us

If you have questions about the PSAT or ACT - feel free to contact Tara Mennitt or the student's counselor.

Questions about AP and IB Testing should be directed to Washburn's Advanced Academics Coordinator - Aaron Percy.

 

Spring Testing

MCA Testing

In order to accommodate both the need to test and for students to be in class and maintain fluidity in their classes, Washburn ran a block schedule on March 19 and March 20.  The longer class periods the block schedule allowed most students to complete the test in one class period.  However, there are still some strudents who need to finish or start the MCAs.

MCA reading and math can be used to demonstrate college readiness at MNSCU schools instead of the ACT and ACCUPLACER.

READING MCA TESTING INFORMATION
 
If you have not finished the MCA Reading, there will be a scheduled makeup after April 24.
 
MATH MCA TESTING INFORMATION
 
If you have not finished the MCA Math, there will be a scheduled makeup after April 24.
 

SCIENCE MCA TESTING INFORMATION

If you have not finished the MCA Science, there will be a scheduled makeup after April 24.
 

ACT-For-All

All juniors will be automatically registered for the ACT-for-All on April 24, 2019.  This test is free of charge and includes all four mutliple choice sections and the writing test.  There will be NO makeup days available to students for this free test administration.  

All students will participate in a Pre-Bubbling Session on April 18 or April 19 in their math class.  Math classes will be scheduled for 1 of the 2 days.  If a student is not enrolled in math at Washburn, they can come to the Washburn media center between 8:30-3:00 at a time that best fits their academic schedule.  Students must complete the pre-bubbling on April 18 or 19 or they will not be able to test.

 

Schedule of events:

April  9: ACT Workshop - what to expect and writing test preview in Media Center, 3:15-4:00

April 18: Pre-bubbling session in Media Center during math class

April 18: ACT Workshop - what to expect and writing test preview in Media Center, 3:15-4:00

April 19: Pre-bubbling session in Media Center during math class

April 24: ACT-for-All test date.  Check in starts at 8:20 for large gym and accommodated rooms.

 

Students with accommodations and supports should have received information from their Case Manager, 504 Coordinator, or EL teacher.  Feel free to reach out with any questions.  Students with alternative accommodations or supports will not test in the large gym.  They will find out their specific room location during the pre-bubbling session.

On April 18 and April 19, we will be complete pre-bubbling for the ACT test in your math class.  There is very little you need to do to prepare, but it’s not a bad idea to come to the session with a up to 4 post-secondary institutions (colleges, universities, scholarship programs, the NCAA) in which you want to send your scores to.  If you want to see the potential options, there are “Taking the ACT” booklets available in your English class or in the Media Center.

 

On Thursday (4/18), you will pre-bubble if you have any of the following teachers for math:

Ms. Hebl, Mr. LeTexier, Mr. Sudo, Mr. Gulliford, Ms. Jones, Ms.Dorfman, Ms. Rapson

 

On Friday (4/19), you will pre-bubble if you have any of the following teachers for math:

Ms. Dobson, Mr. Olson, Mr. Selvaag, Ms. Quinones-Hanson, Mr. Piersma

 

If you do not take math at Washburn, you MUST come to a pre-bubbling session at a time that fits your academic schedule.  If you need a pass, please email or see Ms. Mennitt (in the Media Center) or your counselor to get one.

 

On the day of the test:

Staff will begin checking in students into the main gym and accommodated classrooms at 8:20 AM, so please be on time.  If students are late, they may not be seated.

Only bring: an ID, #2 wooden pencils, and an ACT approved calculator.

Lock up: phones or any devices that connect to the Internet, Apple watch, FitBit, or any other internet-connected wearable.

Students who have extended time should bring a snack or an easy and quick lunch as there will be no extended break for lunch.  Students with extended time should expect to test to 3:00.

Students are dismissed following the test's completion.  There are no regularly scheduled classes for 11th graders in the afternoon.  If students need to get lunch at school, there will be picnic lunches available to purchase during breakfast to eat following the test.

 

ACT National Dates

There are also National Saturday ACT testing dates during the Spring 2019.  Students will need to register for these dates independently and there is a fee associated with them.  If students have questions about this test and the registration process, it is recommeded they go to the CCC or to their Counselor.  

The dates for the Saturday test are as follows:

April 13. Register by March 8

June 8. Register by May 3

July 13. Register by June 14

 

ACT Workshops

TUESDAY...April 9 3:15-4:00

WEDNESDAY...April 18 3:15-4:00

Students will receive a brief overview of the test, a review of expectations, some tips and tricks, and a preview of the writing test.

 

Parent Right to Refuse Information

Parents have the right to refuse standardized testing.  Please see the attached MDE documents for further information.

PDF Parent Refusal Form   --  Please download this form and return to Tara Mennitt if you are choosing to opt your student out of standardized testing.
PDF MPS Medical Excuse Form   --  Please sign and return this form if your student should be medically excused from standardized testing.
document PSAT Permission Slip   --  Please return this to Tara Mennitt by 10/17.