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Waukee CSD High School Counseling provides students and families with information on standardized tests, post secondary education, graduation requirements, and more.

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Standardized Testing

  • Waukee High School CEEB Code 164535
  • Waukee Northwest High School CEEB Code 160009

The ACT is a standardized test to assess college readiness and high school achievement. The ACT assesses students in the areas of English, Mathematics, Reading and Science.  The Writing portion of the ACT is optional. Colleges and Universities may use the results to make admissions decisions.  You will want to check with individual colleges on whether it is a requirement for admissions. It may be required for scholarship purposes, even if it is not required for admission.  

The ACT test is designed for the 10th, 11th, and/or 12th graders.  Spring of Junior year is a popular time for students to take the exam.  WHS and NWHS offer one exam date each year which fills on a first come first serve basis.  There are many other local sites that offer the exam throughout the year.

To view national test dates and register to take the exam, visit the ACT website.

The SAT is a standardized test widely used for college admissions in the United States. The SAT test is developed by the College Board. Students are assessed in the areas of Writing, Critical Reading and Mathematics. The SAT test is typically taken by high school juniors and seniors. Historically, the SAT was more widely used by students living in coastal states and the ACT was more widely used by students in the Midwest and South; in recent years, however, an increasing number of students on the East and West coasts have been taking the ACT.  WCSD does not host the SAT.

To view national test dates and register to take the exam, visit the College Board Website.

​The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a test given to sophomores and juniors to help determine their level of college readiness, in addition to giving them feedback on how to best prepare for the SAT should they desire to take it. It can also qualify students for the National Merit Scholarship Program and other scholarships.

WHS and NWHS offer the PSAT test in October to sophomores and juniors who register. Only Juniors are eligible for the scholarships.

To learn more about the PSAT, visit the College Board Website.

Students may login to their Kuder Navigator account to access test prep resources.  

There are many test prep resources located on the WHS and NWHS Counselor Connection Canvas pages that all WCSD high school students have access to.

WCSD Community Education provides test prep sessions throughout the year.

The SAT, PSAT and ACT all offer accommodations, but the process of applying for them is different. 

Students who get testing accommodations through an IEP or a 504 plan can often get the same accommodations for the SAT, PSAT or ACT.

You will need to submit documentation that verifies your child’s need for testing accommodations.

**Getting approved for accommodations can take some time, so start the process early.**


The websites listed below will assist you in getting started. Your child’s high school Counselor or Assistant Principal can also be helpful in the application process.  

PSAT and SAT Accommodations

ACT Accommodations

Kuder Navigation

Kuder Navigator (KNav) is the district’s career information system that helps students explore and prepare for various options after high school. This online system combines research-based assessment, portfolio development, education and occupation exploration and planning, and workforce preparation.

In high school students take assessments to discover their interests, skills and work values that are matched up to career clusters, pathways and occupations.

Assessments include:

  • Career Interests Assessment helps students discover career interests by measuring the everyday activities they enjoy most.
  • Skills Confidence Assessment is a highly reliable self-estimate of a student’s ability to perform work-related tasks.
  • Work Values Inventory is provided at the high school level and helps students determine which work characteristics and features of occupations they deem most important.

The system aligns student assessment results with career clusters and pathways in rank order, promoting occupation exploration with the greatest opportunity for satisfaction and success.

Click HERE to learn more about the tools provided on KNav.