In addition to serving as a testing center for national administrations of the ACT, SAT and AP exams, OPRFHS administers 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 PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test), administered to interested juniors 
  • an instructional ACT, administered to sophomores
  • NEW in 2015-16, a state science test for sophomores, based upon the Next Generation Science Standards
  • PARCC assessments (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers), the new state of Illinois assessments of Common Core Standards in English/Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. PARCC test details for 2015-16 will depend upon the outcome of the budget process. We will update this page when those details are available.
  • an ACT for juniors