Testing Information and Resources
Advanced Placement Program (AP) administered through the College Board offers students an opportunity to take college-level courses and exams while still in high school. Students successfully completing advanced placement courses and AP testing may earn credit and /or advanced standing in college. Parkland High School offers the following Advanced Placement courses:
|Advanced Placement Courses|
|AP English Literature & Composition||AP Computer Science Principles|
|AP English Language & Composition||AP French Language & Culture|
|AP Government and Politics: Comparative||AP Spanish Language & Culture|
|AP Government and Politics: U.S.||AP German Language & Culture|
|AP World History||AP Biology|
|AP United States History||AP Environmental Science|
|AP European History||AP Chemistry|
|AP Human Geography||AP Physics 1|
|AP Microeconomics||AP Physics 2|
|AP Macroeconomics||AP Physics C: Mechanics|
|AP Psychology||AP Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism|
|AP Calculus AB||AP Music Theory|
|AP Calculus BC||AP Art History|
|AP Statistics||AP Studio Art: Drawing 3|
|AP Computer Science – A||AP Studio Art: 2-D Design|
The AP bulletin is available online at www.collegeboard.org/apstudents. Students may register for Advanced Placement tests in the High School Counseling Office by submitting a check made payable to Parkland High School. On the check, include Student ID and Name(s) of exams to be ordered. Test fees are determined on a yearly basis, based upon College Board fees. Full refunds are available if a student chooses not to take the AP test after the College Board has processed the order. This does not include any late payment fees.
The 2021 Advanced Placement Exam Schedule can be located on the College Board website at www.collegeboard.org/apexams. The College Board can also be contacted by calling 1-888-CALL-4-AP (1-888-225-5427). Please contact Mr. Jeremy Gordon, High School Counselor, if you have any questions or concerns about Advanced Placement Testing.
Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a multi-aptitude test battery. It consists of 10 short individual tests covering World Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Arithmetic Reasoning, Mathematics Knowledge, General Science, Auto and Shop Information, Numerical Operations, and Coding Speed. Not only do you receive scores on each of the individual tests, you also receive composite scores. Composite scores are the results of several individual tests combined to yield three academic scores: Verbal, Math and Academic Ability.
Who takes the ASVAB?
The test is offered to any junior or senior who is considering a military career, however, the test is also an excellent career interest inventory for all students.
When is the ASVAB offered?
The ASVAB is offered September and April of every school year. Specific dates and registration times will be announced in the monthly parent newsletter.
If there are any questions about the ASVAB testing program, please contact Mr. Ryan Hulmes, in the Parkland High School Counseling Office.
SAT I: Reasoning Test is a college entrance examination. The College Board recommends students take this test during their junior and/or senior year. Students receive a reading and math score. SAT scores are recorded on the high school transcript unless the student and parent request otherwise. Students must register for the SAT online through The College Board website at www.sat.org/register. There are numerous books, websites, and computer software available to assist students in preparing for the SAT’s. Parkland High School also offers an SAT preparatory course twice a year, in the fall and early spring. However, the best preparation for this test is a strong, challenging course load throughout the high school years. The SAT is offered at Parkland High School in November, March, May and June. In October, December and January, the SAT is available to students at other testing locations in the Lehigh Valley. Registration deadlines for the SAT are two to three weeks prior to the administration of each test. The registration dates and deadlines for the 2020-21 school year are as follows:
|Test Dates For 2020-21||August 29||Sept 26||Oct 3||Nov 7||Dec 5||March 13||May 8||June 5|
|Regular Registration Deadlines||July 31||Aug 26||Sept 4||Oct 7||Nov 5||Feb 12||April 8||May 6|
|Late Registration Deadlines
|Aug 18||Sept 15||Sept 22||Oct 20||Nov 24||March 2||April 27||May 24|
|Online Score Release Dates||Sept 21||Oct 9||Oct 16||Nov 20||Dec 18||March 26||May 21||July 14|
Admission tickets must be printed and brought to the test center. Students must also bring picture identification. The SAT is administered on a Saturday morning and lasts approximately five hours.
The ACT (American College Test) is a college entrance examination accepted at institutions throughout the United States. It is generally taken during the junior and/or senior year. Students receive scores in English, Reading, Math and Science Reasoning, in addition to a composite score. Also, the option of a writing component has been added to the ACT. Most colleges accept both the SAT and/or the ACT for admission purposes. The ACT is not administered at Parkland High School but other local high schools do offer the exam. Students must register for the ACT online at www.actstudent.org.