All of the links below will take you directly to the various companies that organize standardized testing. The link immediately below, will provide you with a complete overview of all testing administered at Cheyenne Mountain High School. Like everything we do, please feel free to call us if you have any questions.
For many years, Cheyenne Mountain High School has been a leader in the State of Colorado when taking the ACT and SAT. We believe that our success (ACT: National avg. 21.1/ Colorado avg. 20.7, CMHS ACT avg. 24.7) in testing comes from the quality of our students and the level of instruction present at CMHS. Research will tell you that by challenging yourself to take higher level course work, one will improve their score on the SAT and ACT. Both (SAT & ACT) are independent testing companies and they have excellent resources to help improve test taking abilities. The web sites for those companies are listed below. We do realize that some students generally struggle with testing, and it may beneficial to take a test prep course from a professional company. Below, you will find a list, from our student population, of some of the resources that we have received positive feedback on.
Smart Prep: http://www.smartprepcolorado.com/
Sylvan Learning Center: http://cosprings.sylvan-learning.info/slc/172/index_b.aspx
TCAP: (Transitional Colorado Assessment Program) click on link
All public high school students are required to take this state exam, administered in the Spring. Students’ TCAP scores are reported for each subject in four categories: Unsatisfactory, Partially Proficient, Proficient, or Advanced. Students are eligible to earn 1 high school elective credit by scoring at the Proficient or Advanced level on all three subjects. School personnel are able to grant accommodations for students with extended time testing needs.
This is the last administration of this series for students and takes place in the Spring. Sophomores add the additional subject of Science. As a result, students are eligible for 1 high school elective credit by scoring Proficient or Advanced on all 4 subjects.
The school district pays for all sophomores to take the PLAN, also known as the “Pre” or “Practice” ACT (see below). PLAN provides students with a career inventory and a predicted ACT score range. A student’s results are provided to parents and the school counselor for interpretation but are not used for college admissions. School personnel are able to grant test accommodations without ACT approval.
(See grade 11 below) The PSAT is optional for sophomores and is taken with the juniors in October.
PSAT / NMSQT ($15.00)
The PSAT, or Pre-SAT, is an optional practice exam for juniors and is written by College Board. It provides measures of critical reading, math, and writing skills. Because the PSAT is also used as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT), students with very good grades and excellent scores on previous exams should be sure to take this test. While scored like an SAT, colleges for admissions decisions do not use the PSAT. Testing accommodations may only be approved by College Board through a special application.
Colorado ACT (No cost) April 23, 2013
All Juniors are required to take this exam, scheduled during a school day in the Spring. For all universities and colleges this exam will fulfill the ACT admissions exam requirement. The Colorado ACT does not include the Writing test. Students needing the ACT Plus Writing must register for an ACT National Test Date (see below). Testing accommodations may only be approved by ACT through a special application, which must be postmarked before February 1.
ACT: ($32.00, additional $15.00 for the optional Plus Writing assessment)
Regular administrations of this standard college admissions exam are given throughout the year and may be taken by a student multiple times. The ACT is accepted with applications for 99.9% of colleges and universities nationwide. Testing accommodations may only be approved by ACT through a special application. Please see the appropriate Counselor for the application.
SAT: ($45 -Reasoning Test)
The other major college admissions test, the SAT Reasoning Test is regularly administered in October, November, December, January, March, May and June. Cheyenne Mountain hosts the May SAT administrations. Most schools also accept the SAT across the nation. Some colleges and universities may also require an applicant to submit SAT Subject Tests in addition to the Reasoning Test. Subject test, such as “Literature,” “Biology,” or “Spanish,” are administered on the same Saturdays as the SAT Reasoning Tests. You would not be able to do the Reasoning Test and a set of Subject Tests on the same day. Refer to specific colleges admissions criteria for their preferences. Testing accommodations may only be approved by College Board through a special application.
Many students will take an SAT for the first time in their junior year, leaving them Saturdays in their senior year to take SAT Subject Tests or to retake an ACT in attempting to improve on the spring score/s. Depending on a given college’s admissions criteria, SAT's or ACT's taken through December will be reported in time for admissions consideration.
Advanced Placement (AP): ($86 per test)
click link above for exam dates
The AP Program and exams are intended to provide students with rigorous, college-level studies and the possibility of earning college credit while in high school. Cheyenne Mountain offers 23 different AP courses. AP exams are administered in May, following a national schedule, with scores ranging from 1-5. Scores of 3 or better may earn a student college credit, depending on the college, once a student is enrolled. Each college and university set their own policies regarding the granting of credits. AP exam scores are not intended for use in college admissions decisions. Testing accommodations may only be approved by College Board through a special application.