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Mandatory Testing

Test Grades Cost Testing Location Dates
PARCC 9th-11th (retakes for 12th graders) Free at ECA April
SBA Science 11th grade Free at ECA March
End of Course Exams All grades and subjects Free at ECA  

About the PARCC Test:

Students must pass these exams in the areas of reading, math, science, social studies, and writing as part of their graduation requirements.  See APS website or PED for specific scores needed in subject areas and information on Alternative Demonstrations of Competency.

Optional Testing

Test Grades Cost Testing Location Dates
PSAT/NMSQT 10 (and 11th) Free for 10th graders at ECA Oct. 16, 2019
ACT 11th and 12th $52.00 (no writing); $68 (writing)* at most comprehensive High Schools and UNM (not ECA) Sept 14, Oct 26, and Dec 14, 2019, and Feb 8, April 4, June 13, and July 18, 2020
SAT and Subject Tests (formerly SAT I & II) 11th and 12th $49.50 (no essay)  $64.50 (with essay) SAT; Subject Test fees vary by number and type* at most comprehensive High Schools (not ECA), UNM Oct 5, Nov 2, and Dec 7, 2019, and March 14, May 2, and June 6, 2020
Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) 10th and up Free ECA or Albuquerque MEPS (10500 Copper Ave NE Suite J) Dates determined by each school
Advanced Placement Examinations 10th – 12th $94 per exam* ECA May 4-15, 2020; visit College Board for specific test dates for each content area test
Accuplacer 9th-12th Free ECA or CNM

Determined by the school; prior to each semester

Additional Information

PSAT/NMSQT:The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT®. It also gives you a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools.

ACT: The ACT is designed to assess your academic readiness for college and required for admission to colleges and universities and accepted at all New Mexico schools.

SAT and Subject Tests (formerly SAT I & II): The SAT and SAT Subject Tests are a suite of tools designed to assess your academic readiness for college– college admission test preferred by some out-of-state colleges and universities.

Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB): The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery is the most widely used multiple-aptitude test battery in the world. As an aptitude test, the ASVAB measures your strengths, weaknesses, and potential for future success. The ASVAB also provides you with career information for various civilian and military occupations and is an indicator for success in future endeavors whether you choose to go to college, vocational school, or a military career.

Advanced Placement Examinations: The AP Examinations are administered each year in May and represent the culmination of college-level work in a given discipline in a secondary school setting. Rigorously developed by committees of college and AP high school faculty, the AP Exams test students' ability to perform at a college level.  AP exams may result in college credit and advanced placement in the college program, depending on the student’s scores and the each college’s specific policy.

Accuplacer: Exams in reading, English and math that determine course placement at CNM and UNM.

*Fee Waivers are available for the ACT, SAT, and AP exams for students who qualify for Free/Reduced lunch.  Exam prices are subject to change.