ACCESS for ELL’s (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners 2.0)
The ACCESS for ELL’s is a tool to measure English Language Learners (ELLs) proficiency in English; thus, ensuring the skills needed in school to achieve at high levels, academically. ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is a large-scale test of English language proficiency based on the WIDA English Language Development (ELD) Standards that form the core of WIDA’s approach to instructing and assessing ELLs in Grades K–12.
ACT (American College Testing)
College admissions test, measuring what you can learn in high school to determine your academic readiness for college. Find everything that you need to know about registration, test prep, and what your scores mean here.
ACTFL ASSESSMENTS AND THE ACTFL TESTING OFFICE (LTI)
ACTFL currently offers a number of options for assessing (interpersonal) speaking, (interpretive) reading and listening and (presentational) writing skills. ACTFL assessments determine functional language ability as described in the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines.
AICE (Advanced International Certificate of Education)
The Cambridge International Program prepares students for college and careers by offering a curriculum of rigor that is recognized internationally, preparing them for post-secondary coursework, and allowing the opportunity for students to earn college credits while in high school. The Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) courses will allow our students the opportunity to earn the international AICE diploma, an internationally renowned special diploma that is recognized by colleges and universities all over the world. Broward Schools that offer the AICE program are Coral Glades High School, Cypress Bay High School, Everglades High School and South Broward High School.
AP (Advanced Placement)
Students can be placed in a high school course that offers college credit if successfully completed. With 38 courses in everything from computer science to art history, AP® gives students the opportunity to dig deeper into subjects they’re curious about and earn college credit while in high school.
ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery)
The ASVAB is a multiple-aptitude battery that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military. It is administered annually to more than one million military applicants, high school, and post-secondary students.
The ASVAB tests are designed to measure aptitudes in four domains: Verbal, Math, Science and Technical, and Spatial.
ASVAB scores are used to determine if you are qualified to enlist in the military and to assign you to an appropriate job in the military. The information provided here will help you prepare to take the ASVAB.
Students usually take this test in their junior year, even if they are not contemplating a military career.
CLEP (College Level Examination Program)
The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a group of standardized tests created and administered by College Board. These tests assess college-level knowledge in thirty-six subject areas and provide a mechanism for earning college credits without taking college courses.
You can take the CLEP at Broward College.
EOC (End Of Course Assessments)
EOC assessments are computer-based, criterion-referenced assessments that measure the Florida Standards (FS) for specific courses (Algebra 1, Biology 1, Geometry, U.S. History, Civics, Algebra 2). These exams are a required part of the course and count as 30% of the student’s course grade. Passing the Algebra 1 EOC is a graduation requirement.
FSA (Florida Standards Assessments)
With the Florida Standards in place to help Florida students succeed, the Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) in English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, and end-of-course (EOC) subjects (Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry) serve Florida students by measuring education gains and progress.
FSAA (Florida Standards Alternate Assessment)
All Florida students participate in the state’s assessment and accountability system. The Florida Standards Alternate Assessment (FSAA) is designed for students whose participation in the general statewide assessment program (Florida Standards Assessments, Statewide Science Assessment, Next Generation Sunshine State Standards End-of-Course Assessments) is not appropriate, even with accommodations. The FSAA measures student academic performance on the Access Points (FS-AP) in Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. Access Points are academic expectations written specifically for students with significant cognitive disabilities. They reflect the essence or core intent of the standards that apply to all students in the same grade, but at reduced levels of complexity.
GED (General Education Development Test)
The GED® test assesses academic skills and knowledge typically developed in a four-year high school education program. Right now in the US, not enough people have the required skills or knowledge to fill available jobs. 4 million available jobs, in fact. The GED® test can help solve this economic need by opening the doors for millions of adult learners to college courses, apprenticeships and job training—the pathway adults need to gain skills and knowledge, fill these jobs, and care for their families.
IB (International Baccalaureate)
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Program is an accelerated four-year liberal arts curriculum designed to meet the needs of the highly motivated and academically talented student. The IB Program is intensive, offering an accelerated curriculum for ninth and tenth grade students to prepare them for the rigors of the IB Program in the eleventh and twelfth grades. Students who receive the prestigious IB diploma are held in the highest esteem by universities throughout the word. Florida IB recipients are eligible for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship and are often admitted as sophomores into the Florida university system as well as other internationally recognized universities.
Broward Schools offers the IB Program at Boyd Anderson High School, Deerfield High School, Miramar High School and Plantation High School.
PERT (Post-Secondary Education Readiness Test)
The PERT identifies appropriate course placement (developmental education through college credit) in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. There are 30 questions per placement subtest, and the scaled scores range from 50-150. Broward Schools offers juniors and seniors the math section of the PERT to students who may need to take the test to use as a concordant score for the Algebra 1 EOC. By taking the Math section of the PERT and receiving a minimum score of 97, a student can meet the testing requirement for graduation for Algebra 1 EOC. Broward College offers PERT Testing to Broward County Public School students who need the math section for graduation or to be eligible for Dual Enrollment or Early admission programs.
PSAT 8/9 (Practice Scholastic Aptitude Test for 8th and 9th grade)
The PSAT 8/9 tests the same skills and knowledge as the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, and PSAT 10—in a way that makes sense for eighth and ninth graders. It measures what they’re already learning, shows them whether they’re on track for college, and lets them know where they need the most improvement. That means students have time to tackle these areas long before they take the SAT.
PSAT/NMSQT – PSAT -10 (Practice Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test)
The PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 are the same test, offered at different times of year. They have these benefits in common:
- They are both great practice for the SAT because they test the same skills and knowledge as the SAT—in a way that makes sense for your grade level.
- They both provide score reports you can use to personalize your Khan Academy® SAT practice.
- These score reports also list which AP courses you should check out.
The PSAT/NMSQT is offered to both 10th and 11th grade students in the fall. The PSAT 10 is offered only to 10th grade students in the spring.
The PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 are highly relevant to your future success because they focus on the skills and knowledge at the heart of education. They’ll measure:
- What you learn in high school
- What you need to succeed in college
The new PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 provide a clear, early picture of you and your readiness for college. They help you and your teachers pinpoint areas for improvement.
The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®)—a test which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year—and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.
Like other assessments in the SAT Suite of Assessments, the new SAT includes a Reading Test, Writing and Language Test, and a Math Test. The SAT has an optional essay component, which some colleges will require. SAT questions focus on skills that matter most for college readiness and success, according to the latest research.
SAT Subject Tests
SAT Subject Tests are college admission exams on specific subjects. These are the only national admission tests where you choose the tests that best showcase your strengths and interests.
- There are 20 SAT Subject Tests in five general subject areas: English, history, languages, mathematics and science.
- Each Subject Test is an hour long. They are all multiple-choice and scored on a 200–800 scale.
- Subject Tests test you on your knowledge of subjects on a high school level. The best way to prepare is to take the relevant courses and work hard in them.
Seal of Biliteracy Assessments: (ASLPI, SLPI:ASL, AAPPL, OPI, STAMP4S, ALIRA)
In addition to AICE, AP, CLEP, IB and SAT Subject tests, students seeking the Seal of Biliteracy have the option to meet the requirement with the following tests:
ASLPI (American Sign Language Proficiency Interview): The American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI) is a holistic language evaluation used to determine global ASL proficiency. The basic precept in this type of evaluation is to find out through a face-to-face interview what an individual can do with the target language at a given point in time.
SLPI:ASL (Sign Language Proficiency Interview: American Sign Language): The SLPI assesses a person's skills in using a natural sign language for communication (function) and it provides an analysis of a person's sign language vocabulary, production, fluency, grammar, and comprehension skills (form). The Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI) involves a one-to-one conversation in sign language between an interviewer and candidate/interviewee. Interview content varies according to the background, job responsibilities, schooling, and other interests of each SLPI candidate/interviewee. SLPI interviews are recorded and subsequently rated independently by SLPI raters.
AAPPL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Assessment of Performance Toward Proficiency in Language (AAPPL) Interpersonal Listening, Interpersonal Speaking, Interpretive Listening, and Presentational Writing): The ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) is unlike any other assessment. AAPPL Measure addresses the World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages and uses today’s communication media in which test takers perform tasks such as participating in a virtual video chat, creating wikis, e-mailing, and using apps to demonstrate language ability. The AAPPL Measure is available in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and ESL.
OPI (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview): The ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) is a valid and reliable means of assessing how well a person speaks a language. It is a 20-30 minute one-on-one interview between a certified ACTFL tester and an examinee. The interview is interactive and continuously adapts to the interests and abilities of the speaker. The speaker’s performance is compared to the criteria outlined in the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012 - Speaking or the Inter-Agency Language Roundtable Language Skill Level Descriptors – Speaking. The interview is double rated and an Official ACTFL Oral proficiency Certificate stating the candidate’s proficiency level is issued to the candidate. Official ACTFL OPIs are currently available in the following languages (but are subject to change): Afrikaans, Akan-Twi, Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Baluchi, Bengali, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Burmese, Cambodian, Cantonese, Cebuano, Chavacano, Czech, Dari, Dutch, Egyptian, English, French, Georgian, German, Greek (Modern), Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hausa, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong/Mong, Hungarian, Igbo, Ilocano, Indonesian, Iraqi, Italian, Japanese, Javanese, Kazakh, Kashmiri, Korean, Kurdish, Lao, Levantine, Malay, Malayalam, Mandarin, Marshallese, Nepali, Norwegian, Pashto, Persian Farsi, Polish, Portuguese Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Serbian Croatian, Sindhi, Sinhalese, Slovak, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Tajik, Tamil, Tausug, Telugu, Thai, Tigrinya, Turkish, Turkmen, Uighur, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Wolof, Wu and Yoruba.
ALIRA (ACTFL Latin Interpretive Reading Assessment): ALIRA assesses Interpretive Reading in Latin. ALIRA uses a wide variety of texts including shorter and longer texts from ancient Rome, authentic historical documents, and modern texts from today's classical studies classrooms. ALIRA provides a performance rating that aligns with benchmark points along the continuum towards proficiency.
STAMP4S Standards-based Measurement of Proficiency for Grade 7-Adult): Avant STAMP 4S was created to improve language-learning outcomes and support excellence in language programs. STAMP enables teachers to be effective in improving proficiency outcomes, and empowers administrators to make better informed decisions about curriculum and teacher training by delivering accurate data on students’ proficiency levels. Many leading language programs are using Avant STAMP data to refocus their curricula and introduce professional development to hone their teachers’ ability to deliver improved proficiency outcomes. Others are using it as a measure for student growth, to qualify for the Seal of Biliteracy and to award Competency-Based Credits.
TABE (Tests of Academic Basic Education)
Student who apply to our Technical Colleges are required to take the TABE. The State of Florida has mandated that all students enrolled in a postsecondary program consisting of 450 clock hours or more must meet a minimum basic skill level in reading, mathematics, and language to receive their certificate at the completion of their program. See a counselor/advisor at the school that offers the program you are interested in. At counselor/advisor interviews, you will discuss your test results, technical or academic program placement, special needs, financial aid, and registration procedures. Broward Technical Colleges reserves the right to ask any applicant to re-test to validate test scores.