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Main article: Standardized test

A standardized test is a test administered and scored in a standard manner. The following are such tests as administered across the United States.

Achievement testsEdit

Achievement tests are used to evaluate and/or assess a student's or worker's understanding, comprehension, knowledge and/or capability in a particular area. They are used in academics, professions and many other areas.

IQ testsEdit

In public schoolsEdit

Main article: List of state achievement tests in the United States

State achievement tests are standardized tests required in American public schools in order for the schools to receive federal funding. According to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, in US Public Law 107-110, and the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

Other testsEdit

The test of General Educational Development (GED) evaluates whether a person who has not received a high school diploma has academic skills at the level of a high school graduate.

Private tests are tests created by private institutions for various purposes, such as progress monitoring in K-12 classrooms.

Admissions testsEdit

Admissions tests are used in the admission process at elite or private elementary and secondary schools, as well as most colleges and universities. They are generally used to predict the likelihood of a student's success in an academic setting.[2]

Secondary SchoolEdit


Graduate/Professional SchoolsEdit

Language proficiencyEdit

  • IELTS - International English Language Testing System
  • TOEIC - Test of English for International Communication
  • TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language
  • TSE - Test of Spoken English
  • TWE - Test of Written English

Psychological testsEdit

Professional certification testsEdit

Armed Forces Edit

ASVAB (United States) required for entry into any branch of The United States Military.


  1. EXPLORE web page
  2. "Glossary", Oregon Student Admissions Commission. Retrieved 4/1/08.

See alsoEdit

[[Category:Standardized tests in the United States|

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