Testing Information

Practice ACT Test (Freshman Year)

Hamilton Southeastern High School gives the Practice ACT Test to all Freshmen during the month of October each school year. Fees for the test are part of the regular text book and paper fees and there is no registration to do beforehand. Taking this test is a great way to prepare for the ACT. In fact, students who take this test tend to score higher on the ACT than students who do not take PLAN.

It covers the same subjects—English, mathematics, reading, and science—and provides an estimated ACT score.

The practice ACT test points out academic strengths and areas where improvement is needed and lets students know if they're on track for college.

Understanding Practice ACT Results (PDF)

ISTEP TESTING / ECA (Sophomore Year)

2016 marks the beginning of a transition from the graduation requirement known as the End-of-Course-Assessment (ECA) to the ISTEP+ 10 exam. The purpose of the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) program is to measure student achievement in the subject areas of grade 10 English/Language arts, grade 10 mathematics, and biology.

Among the requirements that current sophomore through senior students must fulfill to earn a diploma from Hamilton Southeastern High School, is to pass both the Algebra I and English 10 ECAs (students will also take the Biology I ECA but it is not required to graduate.)

ECAs must be taken by students when they are enrolled in each of these classes and will be administered in late April. Among the requirements that current freshman and sophomore students must fulfill to earn a diploma from Hamilton Southeastern High School, is to pass both the math and English/language arts portions of the ISTEP+ grade 10 exams, as well as participate in the biology ISTEP+ exam.

These tests will utilize the same testing windows as the ISTEP exams issued at the elementary, intermediate, and junior high schools throughout the state.

PSAT/NMSQT (Sophomore / Junior Year)

The PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) is given to all current sophomores and juniors at HSE. Fees for the test are covered through the regular book and paper fees. There is no registration to complete beforehand. The 2011 PSAT will be given on Wednesday, October 12th in the A.M. Sophomores taking the test are not eligible to qualify for National Merit Scholarships; these scholarships are determined by your PSAT score junior year only. Students should receive their results toward the end of first semester and will also be given a copy of the test booklet to go over their answers as a preparation tool for the SAT. Please feel free to contact your student’s counselor if any further information is needed.

Understanding PSAT Results (PDF)

SAT I / SAT II (Junior / Senior Year)

HSE HS code 151045

SAT I (Scholastic Aptitude Test) is a standardized, timed aptitude test used widely by college admissions counselors in the admission process. It consists of math, critical reading and writing sections. It is offered eight times per year nationally. Students may use calculators on the math sections. Hamilton Southeastern High School is a test site in October, December, March, and May. Students may take the test at other sites during the dates the test is not given at HSE. Generally, we encourage juniors to take the SAT in the spring and seniors to take or retake the SAT in October or November. Students may take the test on any test date. If the test is taken more than once, many colleges and universities will consider the best scores from each section and not just from one testing session. Sophomores also may take the SAT but we would recommend they at least sit for the PSAT first before they take the SAT.

The SAT II – Achievement/Subject Tests are one-hour tests in specific subjects such as science, English, or foreign languages. Some schools require two or three tests for first-year placement. Colleges that require the SAT II are typically the more competitive ones. Subject tests are offered on all the below test dates with the exception of the March date.

ACT (Junior / Senior Year)

HSE School Code 151045

 The ACT (American College Testing) is a timed standardized test widely used by college admission counselors in the admission process. The test consists of 4 sections: math, reading, grammar and science reasoning with an optional 5th section of writing. HSE is a test site 4 times each school year during the months of September, December, April and June. We highly encourage our students to take an ACT and SAT before the start of their senior year. The ACT is as widely accepted for college admission as is the SAT.

Advanced Placement Tests (AP)

Hamilton Southeastern High School offers 27 Advanced Placement (AP) courses. These courses are college level courses and the curriculum is designed and monitored by The College Board. Students in these courses are expected to participate in the Advanced Placement Testing Program implemented in May of each year. Students in these courses have the opportunity, through the Advanced Placement test results, to earn college credit for coursework completed in high school. The academic rigor of these courses necessitates some pre-requisites or recommendations be met for enrollment as outlined in our course guide.

We believe that all college bound students should complete at least one Advanced Placement course prior to graduation from Hamilton Southeastern High School. Students enrolled in AP courses will receive instructions on how to register for their AP exam(s) and the costs involved with the test from their AP teacher. For more information please see the College Board’s website:

http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/about.html *