Freshman Year: Students will take the ISTEP+ Science assessment during the spring of their freshman year due to their enrollment in Biology I.
Sophomore Year: Students will take the PSAT during the fall of their sophomore year. In the spring, sophomores will take the ISTEP+ 10 for English/Language and Math and the English 10 ECA (End of Course Assessment). The Algebra I ECA (first attempt was prior to sophomore year) and the English 10 ECA are the Graduation Qualifying Exams for the classes of 2016, 2017, and 2018. The ISTEP+ 10 will be the Graduation Qualifying Exam for classes 2019 and beyond. Passing the Graduation Qualifying Exam is required for all diploma types.
Junior Year: Students will take the PSAT/NMSQT in the fall of their junior year. Students should plan to take both the SAT and ACT tests in the Spring of the Junior year. The Guidance Department will be in classrooms in the winter to help set up SAT and ACT testing accounts involving student login and passwords. There is also a Junior Parent night in the spring when counselors will explain in greater detail the testing and college application process.
Senior Year: Students should plan to re-take (or take if haven't already) the SAT and ACT tests in the Fall as college applications need to be completed and colleges need the scores for admission decisions. Having multiple scores may help in the admission decision as most colleges super score. This means they will take the best subtest scores from multiple administrations so it is in the students' best interest they take the tests at least 2 times.
SAT/ACT Prep Course
Bishop Dwenger offers SAT/ACT Classes twice a year, Fall and Spring. The class will address all areas of the SAT/ACT, and is open to any high school student in the Fort Wayne/Allen County area. Classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-7:00 p.m. The 14 sessions include the diagnostic testing, six verbal and six math sessions. The class fee is $225.00 and includes the text for the course. If you have other questions, you may call the front office at Bishop Dwenger High School at (260) 496-4700.
Winter course begins January 17, 2017 - Registration Form
SAT/ACT Testing Information
ACT test dates are: September 10, October 22, December 10, February 11, April 8 and June 10. The cost is $58.50 including the Writing Test which we recommend.
SAT test dates are: October 1, November 5, December 3, January 21, March 11, May 6, and June 3. The cost is $57 for testing with Writing which we recommend.
Fee waivers are available. Students should see their guidance counselor for one if they qualify. Fee Waiver qualifications are posted on the testing websites or students can ask their counselor.
There is great information via student Naviance accounts and also on the ACT and Collegeboard websites to help. We have informed students of these valuable tools and also explained them at the Junior Parent Night this past spring. If you missed the meeting, our PowerPoint presentation (for both the Sophomore and Junior Parent Nights) are posted on this website for you to view.