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High School Assessment

Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP)

In high school, the MCAP includes Maryland assessments for Social Studies, English Language Arts (ELA), Math, and Science based on the rigorous Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards


The High School Assessment (HSA) for Local, State and National (LSN) Government, is an end-of-course tests that measures progress toward Maryland’s High School Core Learning Goals (CLGs) and is part of the graduation requirements. Therefore, high school students enrolled in Local, State and National Government must take this high school assessment at the completion of the course.


For the English Language Arts and Literacy assessment students read literary and informational passages from published texts (fiction and nonfiction) as well as engage in multi-media such as video or audio pieces. Students demonstrate their reading comprehension through written responses as well as demonstrating their knowledge of the conventions of English.


For mathematics, students solve multi-step problems that require reasoning and address real-world situations. This type of solving requires students to reason mathematically, make sense of quantities and their relationships, in order to solve real-world problems, and show their understanding.

Maryland Integrated Science Assessment (MISA)

Measures student achievement on the Maryland Content Standards in Science in Grade 5 (testing content from Grades 4 and 5), Grade 8 (testing content from Grades 6, 7 and 8) and Grade 11 (testing content in earth/space science, life science, and physical science). The Grade 11 assessment is one of the four tests required in Maryland for graduation.

Alternate Maryland Integrated Science Assessment (Alt-MISA)

The Alternate Maryland Integrated Science Assessment (Alt-MISA) is administered to students in grades 5,8 and 11 with significant cognitive disabilities and for whom MISA would not be appropriate.

Multi-State Alternate Assessment (MSAA)

The Multi-State Alternate Assessment (MSAA) is based on alternate achievement standards in ELA/L and Math and is given to students in grades 3-8 and 11 with significant cognitive disabilities.

Access for ELL's

Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners is a secure large-scale English language proficiency assessment given to Kindergarten through 12th graders who have been identified as English language learners (ELLs). It is given annually in WIDA Consortium member states to monitor students' progress in acquiring academic English.

Scores from the HSA and other state tests are posted on the Web at

Other High School Tests


SAT & ACT National Testing Days

Due to the continued need for Social Distancing, Prince George's County Public Schools continues to follow guidance from the State Department of Education and the CDC. The Schools that are scheduled to operate as National Testing Centers for the SAT and ACT will be allowed to remain open, but the capacity for each center has been capped at 200 students. We are hoping to continue to support students in being able to take these assessments as they prepare for their post secondary options. Students should always check their students accounts with The College Board and/or ACT for updates on testing.

About Standardized Tests

Many U.S. colleges require that student submit standardized test scores as part of their admissions application packages. Standardized tests provide a consistent way for a college to evaluate a student and sometimes even help choose the right courses.  The  SAT and ACT are the most common college standardized tests. For information about these and other tests, talk to your high school counselor, or to the admissions offices at the colleges you are interested in attending.  

Note: There are some colleges/universities that are what is considered Test Optional. These schools either look at other factors for admission decisions (such as GPA, interviews, recommendation) or do not emphasize a student's standardized test score in admission decisions.

See a list of these Test Optional institutions


Study Resources

Students who have already taken the PSAT can access free personalized SAT study resources provided by Khan Academy. Khan Academy has partnered with the College Board to offer a study plan that is designed specifically for each student based on his/her PSAT scores. With student/parent permission, Khan Academy will use students' score results to create a study plan specifically designed for them. For additional information visit the SAT Prep website.

Get the Know the SAT

Find out what kinds of questions will be asked and which skills and knowledge areas will be tested. Go to Test Design at Inside the test
The following resources became available to students once they took the PSAT:

  • Big FutureTM: a personalized online college and career planning tool that contains:
    • an online PSAT/NMSQT Score Report
    • a customized My SAT Study Plan™
    • a personality test
    • personalized lists of colleges, majors, and careers
  • Student Search Service®: a program that lets students receive free information from colleges, universities, and scholarship programs
  • Score Report Plus: comprehensive feedback on performance and skills

Register for the SAT

Visit the College Board website to register for the SAT.

Class of 2021 learn more about the scholarship opportunity and apply: College Board Opportunity Scholarships



The PSAT/NMSQT will not be administered in any Prince George's County high schools during the 2020-2021 school year.   Due to the current status of students distance learning in Prince George's County Public Schools and not attending school face to face, the PSAT/NMSQT is not able to be administered.  However, the College Board has created another way for students to be considered for the National Merit Scholarship if they are not able to take the PSAT/NMSQT assessment.   Please use the below link which outlines all the details and steps for alternate avenues of consideration at the National Merit Scholarship site:

How to Enter the National Merit Scholarship Competition.  Any student who would like to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship should visit the National Merit Scholarship Competition site, review the competition rules, and follow the steps outlined in lieu of the PSAT/NMSQT for this school year.

PSAT 8/9 Resources

Sign up for personalized practice through Khan Academy.

PSAT 8/9 is a way to encourage your child to start thinking about life after high school. We have  attached some helpful resources related to the SAT Suite of Assessments. 

PSAT 8/9 Parent Presentation


About Standardized Tests The ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in English, Math, Reading, and Science. ACT results are accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. The ACT includes 215 multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete, including a short break (or just over four hours if you are taking the ACT Plus Writing). Actual testing time is 2 hours and 55 minutes (plus 30 minutes if you are taking the ACT Plus Writing).

ACT Test Prep

If you registered for the ACT and had your registration cancelled

Below are the options currently available to you:

  • You may be able to find an alternate test center by making a test center change within your ACT web account. Unfortunately, in most cases, there is limited availability for July testing, but your account has the most up-to-date listing of available test centers and will be faster and more accurate than calling ACT to request a new test center. ACT has extended the deadline for you to be able to make this change to July 1.
  • Consider waiting to test in the fall. Beginning the week of July 27, 2020, ACT plans to offer a new registration experience for test events starting in September. Please look to for information about being able to make reschedule your existing registration as that time approaches.


*Due to the current COVID-19 health crisis, the ACCUPLACER will not be offered this September. PGCPS and colleges will use a combination of a student’s cumulative grade point average and prior test scores on a college entrance exam to determine spring 2020 semester eligibility. Please refer to Dual Enrollment for more information.
  • ACCUPLACER is an integrated system of computer-adaptive assessments designed to evaluate students' skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. 
  • ACCUPLACER delivers immediate and precise results while successfully assessing student preparedness for introductory credit-bearing college courses.
  • This assessment is offered to eleventh and twelfth grade students with a 2.5 GPA or higher interested in Dual Enrollment.

Helpful Documents and Information

Contact Information

Phone: 301-702-3860 

Troy Brockett 
Test Administration Supervisor (High School)

Peggy Harrington
Test Administration Supervisor (Elementary/Middle School)

Donna Bradshaw, Ed.D.
Test Administration Specialist (High School)
LeKeisha Render
Test Administration Specialist (High School)

Sarah Crisman
Test Administration Specialist (Elementary/Middle School)

Pamela Stewart
Test Administration Specialist (Elementary/Middle School)
Lucia Kelly
Psychometric Clerk
Margaret Ward
Test Administration Technician
Tracy Crosby
Test Development Technician

Anthony Gilbert
Test Development Technician