Georgia Student Assessments and Other Common Assessments


ASVAB: The ASVAB is a career inventory test given to interested juniors and select seniors in the month of October.

Advanced Placement (AP) Exams: More than 90 percent of four-year US colleges give students credits and/or advanced placement on the basis of AP Exam scores. AP courses can help students acquire the skills and habits needed to be successful in college. Students have the opportunity to improve writing skills, sharpen problem-solving abilities, and develop time management skills, discipline, and study habits. Research shows that students who take AP are much more likely than their peers to complete a college degree on time.

Georgia Milestones EOC:  EOC tests will be given in Algebra I, American Literature/Composition, Biology, and U.S. History. The test score will represent 20% of the final grade for the course.

Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT): The PSAT is given in October of each year to all 10th grade students. It is required for students who may be nominated to attend the Governor’s Honors program as 10th or 11th grade students. All students are encouraged to do their best on the PSAT because it is an excellent predictor of success and performance on the SAT, as well as possibly qualifying for National Merit Scholar designation.

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and American College Testing (ACT): Applications and information concerning the SAT and ACT are available in the Guidance Office. A complete schedule of test dates and application deadlines is printed in the fall and posted in all junior and senior advisements. Seniors are encouraged to take these tests early in their senior year. Juniors are encouraged to take these tests during second semester of their junior year. Most students prefer to take the test more than one time, finding it beneficial to do so.

A senior who wants to compete in the STAR Student/Teacher Recognition Program must have the highest score in one sitting on the SAT taken on any grade level through the November test date of the senior year and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of the class based on grade point average. The scores must be reported to the school.

SAT/ACT Waivers: Students are provided only two SAT waivers and two ACT waivers for the duration of their high school career. Waivers are provided for those students who meet certain financial guidelines. One way to determine financial need is if the student qualifies for free or reduced lunch in the school cafeteria. The fee waiver not only waives the cost of the SAT, but it gives the student the opportunity to submit applications (waiving application fees) to participating colleges. Students are to go to the Guidance Department for waiver information.

End-of-Pathway Assessment (EOPA): An assessment used to measure the technical skill level of students participating in career and technical education (CTAE) courses. Obtaining such skills will potentially provide students with increased opportunities to earn industry-validated credentials while still in high school and possibly lead to increased earning potential throughout the student’s career. Students are tested once they have completed the first two courses in a pathway and are enrolled in the third course.  

YouScience: A unique career discovery profile designed to help students better understand their natural abilities, broaden awareness of career opportunities, and make more informed decisions about their individual pathway from school to career. 

Final Exams:  All JVHS CCA classes that do not have a GMAS EOC exam will have a final exam.  These exams are required and demonstrate the level of knowledge and achievement you have gained during that course.  It is also a benchmark assessment for our teachers to adjust instructional practices to meet the needs of our students.