High School Placement Exams
Our goal is to set students up for success by placing them in the correct level of each subject they study. Our Placement Tests can help evaluate each student's level of mastery and ensure they are placed in the appropriate course.
Once a student completes the appropriate high school placement exams, results can be evaluated using the Answer Key and Results Table.
Using Placement Exams to Choose a Math or Language Arts Course
If you need help determining which Math course to take, you can choose any of our Math Placement Exams.
- Math Level 1 Exam (Readiness for Algebra 1)
- Math Level 2 Exam (Readiness for Algebra 2)
- Math Level 3 Exam (Readiness for Pre-Calculus or Trigonometry)
Grammar and Composition is Keystone's foundation Language Arts course. To help determine if Grammar and Composition is where you should begin your Language Arts course of study, you can choose to take our Language Arts Placement Exam.
Preparing to Take the Exams
You should set aside at least one hour to complete an exam. If you cannot complete the exam in one sitting, plan on finishing the exam in no more than two sessions. You should take a short amount of time prior to beginning the exam to set up your work area. You should set up an area with little to no distractions. Avoid high traffic areas of your home. And, be sure everyone in your surrounding area knows how important it is for you to be taking this exam. Be sure you have access to paper and pencils so you don't have to search for these items when needed.
Taking the Exams
- All questions should be attempted. Be sure to use the space provided to solve problems. The back of the exam sheet can also be used if needed. Write the answer in the proper location so when the exam is being graded, the answers are easy to find. Write clearly and accurately.
- Be sure to answer the questions completely and avoid answers containing more than one possibility. You should feel confident enough about your answer to clearly state it. If you absolutely get stuck on a question, leave the question blank.
- You should do your own work. No outside resources or friends or family members should assist you while taking the exam. Remember, the goal is to help you place yourself into the correct Keystone course. If you do not do your own work, your results may not accurately reflect your placement level and you may enroll in a course that you are not ready for.
- Your results are yours to keep and are not shared with Keystone in any way unless you choose to do so.
Grading the Exams
- A parent, guardian, teacher, tutor, or other educational professional may grade the exam using the following keys:
- All answers should be marked as "Correct" or "Incorrect." One ("1") point should be deducted for each incorrect answer. At the bottom of each page, record the total points awarded for that page.
- Using the Math and Language Arts Results Table (PDF), locate the exam by name. Next, locate the score that was achieved on the exam. Corresponding to this score, you will find a recommended action plan.
- When the exam grading is complete, add the scores from each page and write the total score in the top margin of the exam. The results may indicate the need to complete another Placement Exam. If so, choose the correct placement exam above and complete it as noted.
- Once all appropriate exams have been completed, course selections can be made. Be sure to refer to the Results Table for additional suggestions for choosing courses. After choosing your courses, view our course catalog for course details.
For more information about our High School Courses and Curriculum, please call us at 800.255.4937 or submit your inquiry online using our contact form.
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