Testing Dates and Preparation Help
Olathe East students should use this code when registering for standardized tests so the counselors will get a copy of their scores: 172-221.
The ACT and the SAT are two tests that are used for college admission and scholarship purposes. They are different tests produced by different testing companies. They test different areas of knowledge, and they are scored differently.
The ACT will be offered at Olathe East on April 4, 2020 and June 13, 2020. Seniors often take the ACT in September or October. It is recommended that juniors take their first ACT in the Spring of their junior year if they are planning to attend a four-year college or university. The ACT is generally preferred by colleges in the Midwest and is accepted throughout the nation.
The SAT is requested by some universities. The SAT has a mandatory writing component and the ACT features an optional writing section that some colleges and universities may require. Check for admission requirements on university websites. Both ACT and SAT offer online preparation tests. Students are encouraged to practice.
There are fee waivers available for all tests for students who qualify. For information, please see Mrs. Schmale in the counseling office.
Additional “Standardized Assessment Information” is available in the counseling office and on this website. Please call your student’s school counselor with any testing questions.
If you have additional questions, please email Mrs. Schmale.
College Assessment Test Reminder
When taking the ACT or SAT, please remember to have test scores sent to the colleges/universities that you are thinking about attending. Many institutions are requiring that all students have their standardized test scores sent directly to them from ACT or the College Board. Institutions like the University of Missouri no longer take test scores from high school transcripts.
The PSAT, ACT EXPLORE, ACT PLAN and three ACT tests are available at Olathe East. The PSAT, and the practice ACT are all administered on the Olathe East High School assessment day, which was on October 16, 2019.
AP Test Information
Registration for all AP exams is now closed. The deadline to register for all 2020 AP Exams was November 4th, 2019, with the exception of AP Government, which will not be open for registration until the Spring of 2020.
STUDENTS must log on to their College Board account and choose "YES - order exam" for each exam they will take.
Parents must log on to their TouchBase account to pay for the exam(s):
- Click on student who will be taking the exam(s)
- Click on "Items at Student's School"
- Click on "AP Tests"
- Add AP Test(s) to cart
- Pay for test(s)
Each AP exam costs $98, and NO exams will be ordered without registration and payment. Late payments will NOT be accepted, and there is a $40 cancellation fee after 11:50 PM on November 4th.
All students who take an AP exam must attend a pre-registration meeting held either before school or during Seminar, on a date and time to be determined, closer to the date the AP tests begin. Exam-specific information will be given out at that time.
Students who qualify for free and reduced lunches may take their AP exams for free. On the registration site, they should select that they are eligible for the federal free/reduced lunch.
Parking is limited at all testing locations, so please consider carpooling. Testing begins promptly at 8 a.m. or noon, so students should allow time to park and check in.
AP exams are held during the school day and students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the exam site. Students are expected to be at school before and after testing times.
Anyone with questions about the AP exam should e mail Mrs. Schmale in the Olathe East counseling office, or call her at 913-780-7800.
ACT Test Preparation
- The Olathe East library has access to Learning Express Library, a free database with practice ACT, PSAT and AP tests and study guides, career planning, college essay advice, and skill reviews for tough topics like math and reading. Read the Learning Express handout (PDF) for details on accessing the site.
Students may enroll in Kaplan's ACT QuizBank to:
- Customize their own quizzes for personalized prep
- Reduce anxiety on timed tests with practice questions
- Track improvement with instant analysis and detailed explanations
Call 1-800-KAO-TEST, visit www.kaptest.com/act, or visit your counselor for more information.
The ACT program fee-waiver service helps students for whom test fees represent obstacles on the road to college. High school juniors and seniors in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. territories who cannot afford to pay the test fees can request fee waivers through their school counselors. The waivers cover the basic test fees for ACT. Each qualifying student is eligible for two fee waivers. A fee waiver may qualify at many colleges. See your counselor for more information to find out if you qualify.
Visit the ACT Test site for registration information.
District Prepworks Opportunity
The Olathe District contracts with Prepworks, an online ACT test prep company. Each license is $45 and provides 12-month access. Students begin with an diagnostic ACT exam and then creates a customized learning path for each student base on their initial results. Students progress through a series of instrutional modules with two additional complete ACT tests. In addition, Prepworks offers free two-hour online ACT workshops approximately four times per year with a live tutor to help with testing strategies.
Visit http://eacademy.olatheschools.com for information and a flyer to sign up. Call the eAcademy office at 913-780-7110 for answers to any additional questions.
ACT Test Dates 2019-2020
|Test Date||Registration Deadline|
|December 14, 2019||November 8, 2019|
|February 8, 2020||January 10, 2020|
|April 4, 2020||February 28, 2020|
|June 13, 2020||May 8, 2020|
|July 18, 2020||June 19, 2020|
Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT)
The PSAT/NMSQT measures:
- critical reading skills
- math problem-solving skills
- writing skill
Why should I take the PSAT?
- To qualify for the National Merit Scholarship competition.
- Your parents work for a company that sponsors a scholarship that requires a PSAT score.
- You want to attend a United States Armed Forces Academy.
The PSAT test is only offered one time per year, and was given at Olathe East on October 16, 2019.
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
The SAT test is a college entrance exam that is primarily accepted by colleges/universities on the East and West Coasts as well as more selective admissions colleges/universities.
Please visit www.collegeboard.com for registration and more information.
The SAT Program Fee-Waiver Service is designed to help students from whom test fees represent obstacles on the road to college. High school juniors and seniors in the United States, Puerto Rico, and U.S. territories who cannot afford to pay the test fees can request fee waivers through their school counselors. The waivers cover the basic test fees for SAT or Subject Tests, as well as either the Question-and-Answer Service (QAS) or the Student Answer Service (SAS). A fee waiver may qualify at many colleges. See your counselor for more information or to find out if you qualify.
Note: Fee waivers cannot be used for late registration.
Free SAT Practice Tests Online
Understanding Your PSAT and Aspire Test Results
SAT Testing Dates
|Test Type||Test Date||Registration Deadline|
|SAT and Subject Tests||October 5, 2019||September 6, 2019|
|SAT and Subject Tests||November 2, 2019||October 3, 2019|
|SAT and Subject Tests||December 7, 2019||November 8, 2019|
|SAT||March 14, 2020||February 14, 2020|
|SAT and Subject Tests||May 2, 2020||April 3, 2020|
|SAT and Subject Tests||June 6, 2020||May 8, 2020|
AP Exam Schedule
|Date||8 a.m. Exam Topic||Noon Exam Topic|
|Monday, May 4, 2020||Government|
|Tuesday, May 5, 2020||Calculus AB and BC||German Language & Culture|
|Wednesday, May 6, 2020||English Literature & Composition (12th grade)||European History|
|Thursday, May 7, 2020||Chemistry||Physics 1|
|Friday, May 8, 2020||United States History||Computer Science A Art Studio - Due date|
|Monday, May 11, 2020||Biology|
|Tuesday, May 12, 2020||Spanish Language and Culture||Psychology|
|Wednesday, May 13, 2020||English Language & Composition (11th grade)||Music Theory|
|Thursday, May 14, 2020|
|Friday, May 15, 2020||French Language||Statistics|
|Thursday, May 16, 2019||Statistics|