During high school, a student will be expected to take a number of tests measuring academic progress. All enrolled students are required to participate in annual standardized tests (ITED-Iowa Test of Educational Development and CoGAT-Cognitive Abilities Test). Other specific grade-level tests may include:

  • PLAN – Produced by ACT, this test for sophomores includes a career interest inventory, high school course planning guide, and achievement test. Results of this test are used by the guidance counselor and registrar to counsel and assist students in planning their high school courses and preparing for the ACT/SAT.
  • PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) – A national test administered in the fall to sophomores and the juniors. The test instrument is used by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation in its annual scholarship competition for juniors.
  • ACT (American Collegiate Test)/SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) – These two college entrance exams are used by many schools to assist in determining college acceptance and scholarships. SVA is a non-Saturday test site for both exams.

Numerous test dates are available throughout the year. Test registration forms, information, and practice materials are available to students through the testing department or available online. Juniors and seniors are encouraged to take these tests prior to graduation.

Prior to any other standardized or special testing of students at SVA, permission of the parent(s)/guardian(s) will be secured. The results of all testing will be made available to parent(s)/guardians(s) as soon as possible after the results have been obtained.

Important dates for upcoming tests:

 ACT Test Dates

  • December 9, 2018
  • February 2, 2019

SAT Test Dates

  • August 26, 2018
  • October 7, 2018
  • November 4, 2018
  • December 2, 2018
  • March 10, 2019
  • May 5, 2019
  • June 2, 2019

Students considering career choices:

Spring Valley Academy offers Career Guidance that matches a student’s interests and abilities to careers and majors. Program director Ken Knudsen, Guidance Counselor & Testing Coordinator, will help students determine which career path is the right move for them.