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Test Descriptions

February 25, 2020


The ACT College Admissions Assessment is given to all students in the 11th grade. It is a standardized test used for college admissions in the United States. It is currently administered by ACT, a nonprofit organization of the same name. The ACT test covers four academic skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science reasoning. It also offers an optional direct writing test.





May 4-15, 2020


The College Board defines Advanced Placement (AP) courses as “rigorous, college-level classes in a variety of subjects that give students the opportunity to earn college credit while in high school by scoring a 3 or higher (5-point scale) on the AP exam associated with that course.”

Advanced Placement (AP) is a program in the United States and Canada created by the College Board, which offers college-level curricula and examinations to high school students. American colleges and universities may grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores on the examinations.



Nov. 7, 2019 (Alt. for PreACT)

Feb. 25, 2020 (Alt. for ACT)


The College and Career Readiness Alternate Assessments (CCRAA) are designed as alternate assessments to participation in The ACT and the ACT Plan. The decision to assess a student on the CCRAA must be made as part of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process.



Jan. 13-17, 2020 (1st Semester)

Jun. 1-5, 2020 (2nd Semester)

The mission of Career and Technical Education (CTE) in North Carolina is to empower students for effective participation in the international economy as world-class workers and citizens. CTE programs are designed to contribute to the broad educational achievement of students, including basic skills, as well as their ability to work independently and as part of a team, think creatively and solve problems, and utilize technology in the thinking and problem solving process.

This test is given at the end of the course and will assess all Essential Standards covered in each class.



Sept. 16-Oct. 31, 2019

Nov. 1-Dec. 20, 2019

Feb. 3-Mar. 31, 2020

Apr. 1-May 29, 2020

NC Check-Ins are interim assessments aligned to North Carolina content standards in mathematics for grades 3 –8 and NC Math 1 and are developed by The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI). There are two NC Check-Ins that can be administered in both the year-long and semester format. For NC Math 1, each NC Check-In focuses on a selected sub-set of grade-level content standards.




Jan. 13-17, 2020 (1st Semester)

Jun. 1-5, 2020 (2nd Semester)


The North Carolina End-of-Course Tests are used to sample a student’s knowledge of subject-related concepts as specified in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study and to provide a global estimate of the student’s mastery of the material in a particular content area. The North Carolina End-of-Course tests were initiated in response to legislation passed by the North Carolina General Assembly – the North Carolina Elementary and Secondary Reform Act of 1984.


According to State Board of Education policy TEST-003, students who are enrolled for credit in a course in which an end-of-course (EOC) assessment is required shall take the appropriate EOC assessment at the completion of the course.



Feb. 25, 2020 (Grade 11)

May 22-Jun. 5, 2020 (Grade 12)


The NCEXTEND1 alternate assessment is a performance-based alternate assessment designed to assess students with significant cognitive disabilities who are being taught using the North Carolina Extended Content Standards. NCEXTEND1 alternate assessment items are grade-level, performance-based, multiple choice items that measure the standards specified in the North Carolina Extended Content Standards.



Jan. 13-17, 2020 (1st Semester)

Jun. 1-5, 2020 (2nd Semester)


The NCFEs are considered standardized artifacts reflective of student growth for teachers and school growth for participants in the teacher evaluation process. Additionally, SBE policy TEST-016 requires public schools to use the course-specific operational assessments as the only final exams for specific courses and to use the results from all course-specific operational assessments as a minimum of twenty percent (20%) of the student's final grade for each respective course.  Carteret County uses this assessment as 25% of the student's final grade for each respective course.



Nov. 7, 2019


PreACT is a required 10th grade test that provides students with a structured testing environment similar to what they will experience when taking the ACT.. This helps students get comfortable with the test and understand how they’re doing in core subjects. It also helps parents and educators identify areas where additional support might be necessary.



Oct. 16, 2019


What is the PSAT? The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test / National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT / NMSQT®) is a standardized exam administered by the College Board and co-sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) in the United States. Each year in October, the PSAT is an optional test given to 11th grade students.

The PSAT exam is composed of multiple choice questions and is similar in many aspects to the SAT exam. Taking this exam can make you eligible for the National Merit Scholarship Program



Jan. 27-Mar. 6, 2020


ACCESS for ELLs (ACCESS) is the collective name for WIDA's suite of summative English language proficiency assessments. ACCESS is taken annually by English language learners in Kindergarten through Grade 12 in WIDA Consortium member states.



WIDA Screener Online is an English language proficiency assessment given to new students in Grades 1–12 to help educators identify them as English language learners (ELLs).



Dec. 4-5, 2019

Mar. 30-Apr. 10, 2020


ACT WorkKeys® assessments are the cornerstone of ACT workforce solutions. The assessments measure foundational skills required for success in the workplace, and help measure the workplace skills that can affect job performance. Individuals who successfully complete the three WorkKeys assessments—Applied MathGraphic Literacy, and Workplace Documents—earn the WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate® (WorkKeysNCRC®), a valuable credential for students and job seekers seeking to verify foundational workplace skills.


Seniors who are identified as Career and Technical Education (CTE) concentrators are eligible to participate in the ACT WorkKeys assessment.