Standardized Testing

In addition to serving as a testing center for national administrations of the ACT, SAT and AP exams, OPRFHS administers nationally-normed standardized tests to all students in grades 8, 9, 10 and 11. These tests serve several purposes.  They provide information to students and their families on the student's progress toward college and career readiness and help students prepare for their college entrance exams.  They also provide the school with objective measures by which to evaluate the effectiveness of our programs.

The standardized testing schedule may vary from one year to the next but will typically include

  • the EXPLORE Test, administered to 8th graders as part of the freshman placement process
  • the pre-ACT PLAN test, administered to freshmen
  • the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test), administered to interested juniors and sophomores
  • an instructional PSAE (Prairie State Achievement Exam), including a full-length ACT and WorkKeys exams, administered to juniors
  • the actual PSAE, administered to juniors as required by Illinois School Code (see link entitled PSAE/ACT Exam)