Many colleges and universities in the U.S. and Texas require you to take either the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) or the ACT Test. Often your scores on these tests determine whether you will be admitted to the college of your choice. Some colleges and universities award special scholarships based on your scores. The SAT and ACT indicate if you have the reading, writing and math skills needed for college-level work. The ACT test assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. The tests cover four areas: English, mathematics, reading and science. Almost every college in America accepts the SAT as a part of its admissions process. More than two million students take the SAT every year.
The STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) are required for students in grades 3-8 and are a graduation requirement for students taking high school level courses in Algebra I, English I, English II, U.S. history, and biology. If your school district chooses to participate, optional assessments in English III and Algebra II may also be administered. The STAAR tests are designed to measure the extent to which you have learned and can apply the knowledge and skills defined in the state-mandated curriculum standards, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Check out STAAR FAQs or go to the STAAR Media Toolkit for more information. The STAAR tests replaced the previous state assessment, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) for students first enrolled in ninth grade in the 2011-2012 school year or later.