Exams and AP Course Registration information for MHS Students

Laneya Christian, Staff Writer

The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) isn’t restricted to one grade, though it is designed with juniors in mind. Freshman, sophomores and seniors may also sign up to take the PSAT. 

Students have more options than ever to earn college credit prior to graduation and take higher-level courses to prepare for college. Advanced Placement is one of those options. AP registration is when students register for AP course exams for final exams. Students may start taking AP courses in their junior year. 

The WorkKeys assessment was given to all juniors at Manhattan High School on Oct. 20th. 

The PSAT is a practice test for the SAT. It serves as a qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship Program.

“The PSAT is a measure of what you’re learning in school,” Shannon Molt, District Testing Coordinator, said. “It’s to see if you’re on track for opportunities you’ll have in college.”

The PSAT won’t count towards college admission applications but it’s the qualifying test for (NMSP). It’s recommended that students take the PSAT to practice for when they are doing the SAT and ACT.

“The PSAT gives you just an overall score of where you are at so far,” Molt said.

Another test on students’ minds might be AP exams. 

“AP registration was due October 15th,” Molt said. “Students had to sign up through a website we use called TotalRegistration.net.”

Students have to pay $100 per exam.

“[From Oct. 18-22] students can still sign up for AP exams but it’s with a $20 late fee,” Molt said. “[From Oct. 25-29] students can still sign up but it’s a $40 late fee.”

Last Wednesday Juniors took the WorkKeys assessment. Students were to show up at their designated location at 7:20 a.m. and needed there by 7:40 a.m. Unless the Opt Out Form was completed and turned into the Junior office by Sept.14th. 

“The assessment is an overall view of your workplace skills and applying them into the workforce,” Molt said.

Juniors were required to bring an ID, number two pencils and a calculator if desired. 

The WorkKeys assessment is designed to measure students’ career readiness if they choose to enter the workforce after high school. It assesses workplace skills through three core areas: Workplace Documents, Applied Mathematics and Graphic Literacy. Students earn one of four certification levels, platinum, gold, silver and bronze. 

If you would like to learn more go to our school’s website usd383.org. Click on schools (Manhattan High School), resources and MHS Counseling Department. 

“The Kansas Department of Education explains the WorkKeys assessment and certifications in greater detail,” Molt said.