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Undergraduate Admissions Tests

American College Testing Assessment Program (ACT)

The ACT Assessment test is an admissions requirement at some colleges. The ACT Assessment instrument consists of a battery of four academic tests which measure academic development in English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science Reasoning. The ACT Assessment provides scores on the four tests, a composite score, and seven sub scores which provide more detailed information concerning an individual's academic development. The ACT is administered FREE to members of the Illinois Army National Guard. For more information visit the ACT web site (click here).

Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) I

SAT I scores are used as a college admission requirement and student placement instrument. SAT I scores provide colleges with a way to compare academic preparation and abilities of students who apply for admission. SAT I, when used in conjunction with high school grades and class rank, serves as a good predictor of academic success in the first year of college. The SAT I is administered for FREE to members of the Illinois Army National Guard. For more information about the SAT visit CollegeBoard.com (click here).

NOTE: The SAT I: Reasoning Test and the ACT will be administered on an as needed basis.

Graduate Admissions Test

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

The GMAT measures general verbal and quantitative abilities developed over a long period of time that are associated with success in the first year of study in a graduate school of management. The GMAT is a timed examination with two 30-minute essays and seven multiple-choice sections. All GMAT testing is computer-based and offered solely through civilian testing centers. The testing fee is funded by DANTES for a first time administration. Contact the Education Service Officer for a reimbursement form and/or additional information.

For more information about the GMAT, visit mba.com (click here).

Graduate Record Examinations (GREs)

The GREs are designed to measure knowledge and understanding of subject matter basic to graduate study. The GRE General Test contains verbal, quantitative, and analytical questions. In addition to the aptitude test, the GRE also offers numerous advanced subject tests. All GRE testing is computer-based and offered solely through civilian testing centers. The testing fee is funded by DANTES for the first time it is administered. Contact the Education Service Officer for a reimbursement form and/or additional information.

NOTE: DANTES Test Centers will continue to offer GRE Subject exams in the paper and pencil format on a funded basis.

For more information on the GRE visit GRE.org (click here).

Law School Admissions Test (LSAT)

The LSAT is designed to assist law school students in assessing the academic promise of applicants. The Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) is NOT funded by DANTES. The DANTES rule states that if there is a national test center within 150 miles of the Springfield headquarters (there are several throughout the state), we can not administer the test. For more information about the LSAT, and to register on-line for administration at a national test center, visit the ISAC.org (click here).

The Praxis Series: Professional Assessments for Beginning Teachers

The Praxis Series measures the academic achievement of college seniors and candidates who have received advanced training in specific education fields. In addition to the Core Battery, the Praxis Series offers numerous specialty area tests. The Praxis Series is not a requirement for State of Illinois teacher certification.

The Praxis I: Academic Skills Assessment, paper based Pre-Professional Skills Tests (PPST) is administered FREE to members of the Illinois Army National Guard. The PPST in Reading, Mathematics, and Writing are each one-hour multiple choice tests. The Writing test also includes a 30-minute essay.

The purpose of the Praxis Series:

Teachers are entrusted with the education of the next generation. Because their task is so pivotal, the public demands that teachers be held to the highest professional standards. Legislators and licensing boards in most states have responded by establishing licensing programs to evaluate each teacher candidate's basic academic skills, subject knowledge of teaching methods, and classroom performance.

The Praxis Series was developed to provide a system of thorough, fair, and carefully validated tests and assessments for states to use as part of this teacher licensure process. Some tests in the series are also used by colleges and universities to ensure that students entering teacher education programs have sufficient grounding in basic academic skills. In addition, some tests in the series are used by professional associations or organizations as one of several criteria for certification.

Another component of the series is an in-class observation system used to mentor and train student and beginning teachers.

The Praxis Series is administered on specific dates throughout the year. Soldiers are encouraged to review the DANTES Testing Calendar to determine the next available testing dates.

For more information about The Praxis Series, visit the DANTES web site (click here).


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