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Testing Out

Public Act 335, Section 21B, of the state code, requires that any high school student be offered the opportunity to “test out” of any course offered by his/her high school.

 In order to test out, students must exhibit mastery of the course content by attaining a passing grade of 78% or better on a comprehensive final assessment. In addition, along with the exam, students may also be required to demonstrate mastery through basic assessments used in the class, which may include but not be limited to, portfolios, research performance papers, projects and/or oral presentations.

 If the student attains at least a 78% on the testing out assessment, s/he will receive credit in the course toward graduation. This will also allow the student to satisfy core content requirements. For example, testing out of Algebra I would allow a student to move on to Geometry. Once the “testing out” exam is passed, a student may not receive credit for a lower course in that course sequence. While the student will receive credit for testing out of a course with a 78% or higher, a G (credit) will be entered on the student’s transcript, but a grade will not be included in the computation of the grade point average. If a student had already taken the entire course prior to testing out, but did not pass the course, the failing grade will remain on the student’s record and figured into the grade point average. This is for core classes (required for graduation) only.

 For non-core classes, students may “place out” meaning students may take the test to place them in a more advanced course. Credit is not given for students placing out of course sequence.

Upcoming Testing Out Timelines: 


Deadline for Applications

Dates of Testing

2nd Semester of 2020-21 school year

December 18, 2020

January 20-22, 2021

1st Semester of 2021-22 school year

May 21, 2021

June 16-18, 2021

Students who sign up will be notified of the exact date of their test.

If your student wants to test out, please fill out the registration form included with this letter and return it to the Main Office by the due date. Those students who sign up to test out will receive a course instructional map and other requirements to meet mastery.

2021-2022 School Year 1st Semester Testing Out Exam Request (Due by 5/21/2021)