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What is College Ready?

College Readiness:  What is it?

College Readiness means graduating high school students have the academic skills/knowledge to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing college classes - without the need to take remedial courses. (Parents, this means you don't have to pay for expensive college classes that do not count toward your child's degree.  If your child is college ready, you save big $$$!) 

Understanding Benchmarks

In 8th grade, our students take MAP assessments. MAP scores predict how well students will do on the ACT assessment.  The ACT predicts college readiness.  When students score below benchmark* in any area on one of these assessments, we provide academic intervention to help them get on track.
*"Benchmark" is a term used to describe the minimum score researchers have found indicates a student is on track to be successful in entry-level college coursework.  ACT defines success as:

  • A 50% + probability of earning a B or higher in a corresponding entry-level college course.
  • A 75% + probability of earning a C or higher in a corresponding entry-level college course.

Benchmarks can vary from state to state.  The following shows Kentucky benchmarks for all of the tests that can be used here to measure CCR. 

ACT
  • Is taken (for free) statewide in the spring term of 11th grade, however it can be taken earlier. In fact, it may be beneficial to take it at the end of fall term or early into winter term to get a "feel" for the test and calm any test-taking jitters before the big March test. Students who choose to take the ACT on their own can sign up at: ACTstudent.org The cost is $36.50. If you receive free or reduced lunch and are a junior or senior, you may retake the ACT for free up to 2 times by getting  waiver at the Guidance office.
  • Indicate whether a student is on track to be college ready when they graduate high school if he/she keeps doing the same things in school.
  • Measures skills in English, math, reading, and reasoning. Skills can be improved with practice and training!
  • Reveal where a student is currently academically strong and/or weak - therefore, scores are useful in helping students choose a career path.
  • Has four multiple-choice tests:

 

Subject

# of Questions

Subject Breakdown

How long it takes

KY Benchmark

US Benchmark

English
 

75
 

40 usage/mechanics
35 rhetorical skills
 

45 minutes
 

18
 

18
 

Math

 

60

 

24 pre-algebra / elementary algebra
18 intermediate algebra / coordinate geometry
18 plane geometry / trigonometry

60 minutes

 

19

 

22

 

Reading

 

40

 

10 prose fiction
10 social science
10 humanities
10 natural science

35 minutes

 

20

 

21

 

Science



 

40



 

15 questions - 3 passages with charts and graphs
18 questions - 3 passages with research summaries
7 questions - 1 passage on conflicting scientific viewpoints
 

35 minutes



 

N/A



 

24