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  • Grades 3-8: Students take the Scantron test in March.
  • Grades 9-12: Students are required to take the ACT with Writing in 11th grade.
  • Alabama Department of Education
  • Grades 3-8: Students take the Performance Evaluation for Alaska's Schools (PEAKS) between March and April.
  • Grades 9-12: Students take the PEAKS test yearly in March or April. Some districts also require the SATs.
  • Alaska Department of Education
  • Grades 3-8: Students take the AZMerit exam between April and May.
  • Grades 9-12: Students take the AZMerit exam or can substitute with the ACT, SAT, or IB (International Baccalaureate).
  • Arizona Department of Education
  • Grades 3-8: Students take the ACT Aspire test between April and May.
  • Grades 9-12: Students take the ACT Aspire test between April and May. Students also have the option to take the ACT with optional Writing section.
  • Arkansas Department of Education
  • Grades 3-8: Students take the Smarter Balanced test by subject between January and July.
  • Grades 9-12: Students take the Smarter Balanced test by subject between January and July.
  • California Department of Education
  • Grades 3-8: Students take the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) between March and April.
  • Grades 9-12: Students are required to take the SAT in 11th grade.
  • Colorado Department of Education
  • Grades 3-8: Students take the Smarter Balanced test by subject between March and June.
  • Grades 9-12: Students are required to take the SAT in 11th grade.
  • Connecticut Department of Education
  • Grades 3-8: Students take the Smarter Balanced test by subject between March and May.
  • Grades 9-12: Students are required to take the SAT in 11th grade.
  • Delaware Department of Education
  • Grades 3-8: Students take the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) in the spring.
  • Grades 9-12: Students take the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) in the spring. DC students are also eligible to take the SAT test for free in 11th or 12th grade.
  • DC State Board of Education
  • Grades 3-8: Students take the Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) between April and May.
  • Grades 9-12: Students take the Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) between April and May. They may also take the ACT or the SAT in place of the FSA if they achieve above a certain score.
  • Florida Department of Education
  • Grades 3-8: Students take the Georgia Milestones Assessment in April.
  • Grades 9-12: Students take the Georgia Milestones Assessment in April. Some districts also offer the SAT.
  • Georgia Department of Education
  • Grades 3-8: Students take the Smarter Balanced test in June.
  • Grades 9-12: Students are required to take the ACT with Writing in 11th grade.
  • Hawaii Department of Education
  • Grades 3-8: Students take the Smarter Balanced test in the spring.
  • Grades 9-12: Students take the Smarter Balanced test in the spring. Idaho also offers free PSATs to 10th graders and free SATs for 11th graders.
  • Idaho Department of Education
  • Grades 3-8: Students take the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) test between March and May.
  • Grades 9-12: Students are required to take the SAT in 11th grade.
  • Illinois Board of Education
  • Grades 3-8: Students take the ILEARN test between April and May.
  • Grades 9-12: Students take the ISTEP+ test between April and May.
  • Indiana Department of Education
  • Grades 3-8: Students take the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) between March and May.
  • Grades 9-12: Students take the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) between March and May.
  • Iowa Department of Education
  • Grades 3-8: Students take the Kansas Assessment Program (KAP) between March and May.
  • Grades 9-12: Students take the Kansas Assessment Program (KAP) between March and May. The ACT is also offered between February and March.
  • Kansas Department of Education
  • Grades 3-8: Students take the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) between March and June.
  • Grades 9-12: Students are required to take the ACT in 11th grade.
  • Kentucky Department of Education
  • Grades 3-8: Students take the Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP) between April and May.
  • Grades 9-12: Students are required to take the ACT in 11th grade.
  • Louisiana Department of Education
  • Grades 3-8: Students take the Maine Educational Assessment (MEA) between March and June.
  • Grades 9-12: Students are required to take the SAT in 11th grade.
  • Maine Department of Education
  • Grades 3-8: Students take the Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP) in the spring.
  • Grades 9-12: Students take the Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP) in the spring. Some districts also offer the SAT to 11th graders.
  • Maryland Department of Education
  • Grades 3-8: Students take the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) between May and June.
  • Grades 9-12: Students take the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) between May and June.
  • Massachusetts Department of Education
  • Grades 3-8: Students take the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) between April and May.
  • Grades 9-12: Students are required to take the SAT in 11th grade.
  • Michigan Department of Education
  • Grades 3-8: Students take the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) between March and May.
  • Grades 9-12: Students take the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) between March and May.
  • Minnesota Department of Education
  • Grades 3-8: Students take the Mississippi Academic Assessment Program (MAAP) between March and May.
  • Grades 9-12: Students are required to take the ACT in 11th grade.
  • Mississippi Department of Education
  • Grades 3-8: Students take the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) between February and June.
  • Grades 9-12: Students take the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) between February and June. Some districts also offer the ACT or SAT for 11th graders.
  • Missouri Department of Education
  • Grades 3-8: Students take the Smarter Balanced test between March and May.
  • Grades 9-12: Students are required to take the ACT with Writing in 11th grade.
  • Montana Office of Public Instruction
  • Grades 3-8: Students take the Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System (NSCAS) between March and April.
  • Grades 9-12: Students are required to take the ACT with Writing in 11th grade.
  • Nebraska Department of Education
  • Grades 3-8: Students take the Smarter Balanced test between February and May.
  • Grades 9-12: Students are required to take the ACT with Writing in 11th grade.
  • Nevada Department of Education
  • Grades 3-8: Students take the New Hampshire Statewide Assessment System (NHSAS) test between March and June.
  • Grades 9-12: Students are required to take the SAT in 11th grade.
  • New Hampshire Department of Education
  • Grades 3-8: Students take the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) or the New Jersey Student Learning Assessments (NJSLA) between March and June.
  • Grades 9-12: Students take the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) between March and June. Students can also substitute ACT or SAT scores for exit exams.
  • Grades 3-8: Students take the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) or the New Mexico Measures of Student Success and Achievement (NM-MSSA) between March and May.
  • Grades 9-12: Students take the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) or the New Mexico Measures of Student Success and Achievement (NM-MSSA) between March and May. Some districts also offer the SAT to 11th graders.
  • New Mexico Public Education Department
  • Grades 3-8: Students take the New York State Assessments (NYSA) in April and May.
  • Grades 9-12: Students take the Regents Examinations in the spring. Some districts also offer the SAT to 11th graders.
  • New York State Education Department
  • Grades 3-8: Students take the North Dakota State Assessment (NDSA) test between March and May.
  • Grades 9-12: Students take the North Dakota State Assessment (NDSA) test between March and May. Some districts may substitute the ACT for 11th graders.
  • North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
  • Grades 3-8: Students take the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) between March and May.
  • Grades 9-12: Students take the Ohio’s State Tests in the spring. Students can also substitute ACT or SAT scores for exit exams.
  • Ohio Department of Education
  • Grades 3-8: Students take the Oklahoma School Testing Program (OSTP) between April and May.
  • Grades 9-12: Students are required to take the ACT or the SAT, depending on their school district.
  • Oklahoma Department of Education
  • Grades 3-8: Students take the Smarter Balanced test between January and June.
  • Grades 9-12: Students take the Smarter Balanced test between January and June. Some districts also offer the SAT to 11th graders.
  • Oregon Department of Education
  • Grades 3-8: Students take the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) in the spring.
  • Grades 9-12: Students take the Keystone end-of-course tests in the spring.
  • Pennsylvania Department of Education
  • Grades 3-8: Students take the Rhode Island Comprehensive Assessment System (RICAS) between March and May.
  • Grades 9-12: Students are required to take the SAT in 11th grade.
  • Rhode Island Department of Education
  • Grades 3-8: Students take the SCReady between April and June.
  • Grades 9-12: Students take the Ready to Work test in the spring. Some districts also offer the ACT and SAT to 11th graders.
  • Grades 3-8: Students take the Smarter Balanced test between March and May.
  • Grades 9-12: Students take the Smarter Balanced test between March and May.
  • South Dakota Department of Education
  • Grades 3-8: Students take the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) between April and May.
  • Grades 9-12: Students take the TNReady test in the spring. Some districts also offer the ACT and SAT to 11th graders.
  • Tennessee Department of Education
  • Grades 3-8: Students take the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) between May and June.
  • Grades 9-12: Students take the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) between May and June.
  • Texas Education Agency
  • Grades 3-8: Students take the Readiness Improvement Success Empowerment (RISE) between March and May.
  • Grades 9-12: Students are required to take the ACT with Writing in 11th grade.
  • Utah State Board of Education
  • Grades 3-8: Students take the Smarter Balanced test between January and March.
  • Grades 9-12: Students take the Smarter Balanced test between January and March.
  • Vermont Agency of Education
  • Grades 3-8: Students take the Standards of Learning (SOL) test between March and April.
  • Grades 9-12: Students take the Standards of Learning (SOL) exit exam or can substitute with the ACT, SAT, or IB (International Baccalaureate).
  • Virginia Department of Education
  • Grades 3-8: Students take the Smarter Balanced test in the spring.
  • Grades 9-12: Students take the Smarter Balanced test in the spring or can substitute with the ACT, SAT, or IB (International Baccalaureate).
  • Washington State Board of Education
  • Grades 3-8: Students take the West Virginia General Summative Assessment (WVGSA) near the end of each school year.
  • Grades 9-12: Students are required to take the SAT in 11th grade.
  • West Virginia Department of Education
  • Grades 3-8: Students take the Wyoming Test of Proficiency and Progress (WY-TOPP) between April and May.
  • Grades 9-12: Students are required to take the ACT (Writing optional) in 11th grade.
  • Wyoming Department of Education