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Smarter Balance Assessment System utilizes computer-adaptive tests and performance task that allow students to demonstrate what they know and are able to do.  This system is based on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English-language arts (ELA)/Literacy and mathematics.  At the high school level, it is administered to all juniors during the latter part of the spring semester.
The English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) is the mandated state test for determining English language proficiency (ELP). It is administered as an initial assessment to newly enrolled students whose primary language is not English, as indicated on a home language survey; and, annually, as a summative assessment to students who have been previously identified as EL students.
At PHS, we offer the PSAT to all sophomores and juniors for free in October. Freshmen can elect to take it for a small fee.
This is a four-year college entrance examination generally taken during the Junior and/or Senior year. The SAT Reasoning assesses the student's aptitude for college-level work and students receive a Critical Reading, Math, and Writing score. Many colleges require this test for admission. A fee is charged for this test and students register directly with College Board (
The ACT with Writing is also a four-year college entrance examination, generally taken during the Junior and/or Senior year. Students receive scores in English, Reading, Math, and Science Reasoning, and Writing, as well as a composite score. Four-year college-bound students should check the college catalog to determine whether the ACT or the SAT would be most appropriate. A fee is charged for this test and you must register directly with ACT ( ).