Subject:
Life Skills, Career and Technical Education
Material Type:
Student Guide
Level:
Middle School, High School
Grade:
7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Provider:
INFOhio
Tags:
Career Exploration, Career and Technical Education, College and Career Planning, College and Career Readiness, career
License:
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial
Language:
English
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Text/HTML

Education Standards

Ready for College, Ready for Work, Ready for Success

Ready for College, Ready for Work, Ready for Success

Overview

Find tools and strategies to help students be successful on tests like ACT, WorkKeys, and AP that students take on the pathway to graduation.

Introduction

A Guide for School Counselors, Teachers, Administrators 

With Ohio's options for a high school diploma, students can determine which pathway they'll take to demonstrate readiness for college or career:

  1. Content Mastery: earn a sufficient score on end of course exams, AP exams, or college exams.
  2. College Readiness: earn a remediation free score on an approved college entrance exam, such as the ACT.
  3. Workforce Certification: earn sufficient scores on the WorkKeys exam and an industry-recognized credential exam.

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Find tools and strategies to help students be successful on tests like ACT, WorkKeys, and AP that students take on the pathway to graduation.

Student Steps to Success

  1. Decide which test you need to take.
  2. Determine when you will take the test. Plan to register 2 months in advance for ACT, SAT, or WorkKeys tests.
  3. Register for the test you will take. For ACT or SAT you will register yourself online. For WorkKeys tests, you will determine where you will take the test and call the testing center to register. If you are taking an AP test, your AP instructor will register you. If you need to take a college placement test, contact the college you plan to attend to determine test dates.
  4. Use the free tools available on the OhioMeansJobs, K-12 site to find tutorials, ebooks, and practice tests you can use to prepare for the test. Plan to practice a little each week for the 8 weeks leading up to the test.
  5. The night before the test, get plenty of sleep. The morning of the test, eat a healthy breakfast.

Test Prep Tools: Free to Ohio Students

  • OhioMeansJobs K-12: Includes college, career, and skill-building tutorials, practice tests, and ebooks for students in grades 4-12.

INFOhio Resources for Career Exploration

  • ISearch: Search your school library and nearly all INFOhio resources from a single search box. Log into the INFOhio website with your school username and password.
  • Vocational and Career Collection: Full text coverage for nearly 340 trade and industry-related periodicals.

ACT Test Prep

Student steps to test success:

  1. Determine when you will take the ACT test. Plan to register 2 months in advance.
  2. Register for the test you will take. For the ACT test, you will register yourself online
  3. Use the free tools available on the OhioMeansJobs, K-12 site to find tutorials, ebooks, and practice tests you can use to prepare for the test. Plan to practice a little each week for the 8 weeks leading up to the test.
  4. The night before the test, get plenty of sleep. The morning of the test, eat a healthy breakfast.
Searching for Practice Assessments on OhioMeansJobs

 

AP Test Prep

Student steps to test success:

  1. Decide which test(s) you need to take. If you are taking an AP test, your AP instructor will register you for the test.
  2. Use the free tools available on the OhioMeansJobs, K-12 site to find tutorials, ebooks, and practice tests you can use to prepare for the test. Plan to practice a little each week for the 8 weeks leading up to the test.
  3. The night before the test, get plenty of sleep. The morning of the test, eat a healthy breakfast.
Searching for Practice Assessments on OhioMeansJobs

 

College Placement Test Prep

Student steps to test success:

  1. Decide which test you need to take and determine when you will take the test. 
  2. Register for the test you will take. If you need to take a college placement test like COMPASS, ASSET, or ACCUPLACER, contact the college you plan to attend to determine test dates.
  3. Use the free tools available on the OhioMeansJobs, K-12 site to find tutorials, eBooks, and practice tests you can use to prepare for the test. Click Practice Learning Express Anonymously to locate College Test Preparation. Plan to practice a little each week for the 8 weeks leading up to the test.
  4. The night before the test, get plenty of sleep. The morning of the test, eat a healthy breakfast.

Note: Along with placement test prep, you can find downloadable eBooks with tips for writing college admissions essays. Visit the OhioMeansJobs K-12 site and click Access Learning Express Anonymously. Once you are in the LearningExpress Hub, scroll down to College Test Preparation. Find College Placement Preparation. Then look for the College Admissions Essay Preparation

Searching for Practice Assessments on OhioMeansJobs

 

WorkKeys Test Prep

Student steps to test success:

  1. Decide which test(s) you need to take.
  2. Determine when and where you will take the test. Plan to register 2 months in advance for WorkKeys tests.
  3. Register for the test you will take. For WorkKeys tests, you will register yourself by selecting where you want to take the test and calling the test center.
  4. Use the free tools available on the OhioMeansJobs, K-12 site to find tutorials, ebooks, and practice tests you can use to prepare for the test. Click the link Access Learning Express Anonymously and scroll down to OMJ Core Assessments to find the WorkKeys prep materials. Plan to practice a little each week for the 8 weeks leading up to the test.
  5. The night before the test, get plenty of sleep. The morning of the test, eat a healthy breakfast.
Searching for Practice Assessments on OhioMeansJobs

 

SAT Test Prep

Student steps to test success:

  1. Decide which test you need to take.
  2. Determine when you will take the test. Plan to register 2 months in advance for SAT tests.
  3. Register for the test you will take. For SAT, you will register yourself online
  4. Use the free tools available on the OhioMeansJobs, K-12 site to find tutorials, ebooks, and practice tests you can use to prepare for the test. Plan to practice a little each week for the 8 weeks leading up to the test.
  5. The night before the test, get plenty of sleep. The morning of the test, eat a healthy breakfast.
Searching for Practice Assessments on OhioMeansJobs

 

PSAT/NMSQT Test Prep

Student steps to test success:

  1. The PSAT or NMSQT may be administered periodically at your school, in which case your school counselor will register you.
  2. Use the free tools available on the OhioMeansJobs, K-12 site to find tutorials, ebooks, and practice tests you can use to prepare for the test. Plan to practice a little each week for the 8 weeks leading up to the test.
  3. The night before the test, get plenty of sleep. The morning of the test, eat a healthy breakfast.
Searching for Practice Assessments on OhioMeansJobs

 

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