Summer Test-In/Test-Out

In accordance with the guidelines of the Minnesota Department of Education, our district offers a process for high school and middle school students to test out of the courses listed below in order to enroll in a higher level course within the subject area. Tests are offered during the summer months.

High School Courses

  • Accelerated Algebra
  • Accelerated Algebra 2
  • Accelerated Geometry
  • Physical Science
  • Enriched Physical Science
  • AP Biology
  • World Language Courses

Middle School Courses

  • Accelerated Math 7
  • Accelerated Math 8

Contact

Allan Christopherson
Summer Test Out Coordinator
Allan.Christopherson@wayzataschools.org

Key Dates

  • March 1 - Registration Opens for Test Out/In Exams
  • March 20 - Registration Opens for Prep Courses
  • May 15 - Last Day to Register for Prep Courses
  • May 25 - Last Day for Early Registration for Test Out/In Exams
  • June 1 - Last Day to Register for Test Out/In Exams
  • June 26 - August 2 - Test Out/In Exams

Exam and Prep Course Calendar

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Math Class Test In/Out Details

Testing Into Accelerated Math 7 or 8

Students who choose to test into Accelerated Math 7 or 8 take a two part comprehensive exam. They will have two hours to complete it. In order to pass, they must score at least 85%. There are no retakes.

Students are notified of their score, but are not shown the graded test. Their transcripts will not be affected by the test results.

Consult the calendar to find a test date and time that works for your student. There are several options.

Please note:

  • Students who successfully test out of a course do not receive credit for taking that course.
  • Current 6th and 7th grade students who have been accelerated have access to all rigorous math courses. They cannot test out at this time. They do have the option of testing out of a course the summer after 8th grade.

More Information

Testing Out of Accelerated Algebra, Accelerated Geometry, Accelerated Algebra 2

Students who choose to test out of Accelerated Algebra, Accelerated Geometry or Algebra 2 take the NWEA End of Course Exam. They have two hours to complete it.

Passing Scores

  • Accelerated Algebra - 262
  • Accelerated Geometry - 270
  • Accelerated Algebra 2 - 270

There are no retakes.

Students are notified of their score, but are not shown the graded test.

  • If they pass, a "T" is placed on their transcript for that course.
  • If they do not pass, nothing is noted on their transcript.

Consult the calendar to find a test date and time that works for your student. There are several options.

Please note:

  • Students who successfully test out of a course do not receive credit for taking that course.

Science Class Test In/Out Details

World Language Class Test In/Test Out Details

Chinese

Students who choose to test of of Chinese 1, 2 or 3 take a test consisting of listening, reading, writing, speaking and grammar. They have three hours to complete it. In order to pass, they must earned an overall test score average of 3 (Meets Expectations – Strong)/ B+. There are no retakes.

Students are notified of their score, but not shown the graded test.

  • If they pass, a "T" is placed on their transcript for that course and they may register for the subsequent Chinese class for the coming school year.
  • If they do not pass, nothing is noted on their transcript and they are registered for the class they tried to test out of.

Consult the calendar for test dates.

Students who are ill or cannot attend a test date may email Allan.Christopherson@wayzataschools.org to discuss options.

Please note:

  • Students who wish to test out of Chinese 4 should consult Mrs. Sheen.
  • Colleges recommend the completion of a level 2 or level 3 world language course (i.e.: 2-3 years of a single world language)
  • Students who successfully test out of a course do not receive credit for taking that course.
  • Students who successfully test out of a course are monitored for the first week they are in the higher level class. If they are unable to keep up with material they may drop back a level. Remember, this may be challenging, given scheduling and class sizes.

French

Students who choose to test out of French 1, 2 or 3 take a test consisting of listening, reading, writing, speaking and grammar. They have three hours to complete it. In order to pass, they must earned an overall test score average of 3 (Meets Expectations – Strong)/ B+. There are no retakes.

Students are notified of their score, but not shown the graded test.

  • If they pass, a "T" is placed on their transcript for that course and they may register for the subsequent French class for the coming school year.
  • If they do not pass, nothing is noted on their transcript and they are registered for the class they tried to test out of.

Consult the calendar for test dates.

Students who are ill or cannot attend a test date may email Allan.Christopherson@wayzataschools.org to discuss options.

Please note:

  • Colleges recommend the completion of a level 2 or level 3 world language course (i.e.: 2-3 years of a single world language)
  • Students who successfully test out of a course do not receive credit for taking that course.
  • Students who successfully test out of a course are monitored for the first week they are in the higher level class. If they are unable to keep up with material they may drop back a level. Remember, this may be challenging, given scheduling and class sizes.

German

Students who choose to test out of German 1, 2, or 3 take a test consisting of listening, reading, writing, speaking and grammar. They have three hours to complete it. In order to pass, they must earned an overall test score average of 3 (Meets Expectations – Strong)/ B+. There are no retakes.

Students are notified of their score, but not shown the graded test.

  • If they pass, a "T" is placed on their transcript for that course and they may register for the subsequent German class for the coming school year.
  • If they do not pass, nothing is noted on their transcript and they are registered for the class they tried to test out of.

Consult the calendar for test dates.

Students who are ill or cannot attend a test date may email Allan.Christopherson@wayzataschools.org to discuss options.

Please note:

  • Colleges recommend the completion of a level 2 or level 3 world language course (i.e.: 2-3 years of a single world language)
  • Students who successfully test out of a course do not receive credit for taking that course.
  • Students who successfully test out of a course are monitored for the first week they are in the higher level class. If they are unable to keep up with material they may drop back a level. Remember, this may be challenging, given scheduling and class sizes.

Spanish

Students who choose to test out of Spanish 1, 2, 3 or 4 take a test consisting of listening, reading, writing, speaking and grammar. They have three hours to complete it. In order to pass, they must earned an overall test score average of 3 (Meets Expectations – Strong)/ B+. There are no retakes.

Students are notified of their score, but not shown the graded test.

  • If they pass, a "T" is placed on their transcript for that course and they may register for the subsequent Spanish class for the coming school year.
  • If they do not pass, nothing is noted on their transcript and they are registered for the class they tried to test out of.

Consult the calendar for test dates. Students who are ill or cannot attend a test date may email Allan.Christopherson@wayzataschools.org to discuss options.

Please note:

  • Colleges recommend the completion of a level 2 or level 3 world language course (i.e.: 2-3 years of a single world language)
  • Students who successfully test out of a course do not receive credit for taking that course.
  • Students who successfully test out of a course are monitored for the first week they are in the higher level class. If they are unable to keep up with material they may drop back a level. Remember, this may be challenging, given scheduling and class sizes.

Bilingual Seal Testing

Foreign language students may choose to earn a Minnesota World Language Certificate or Bilingual/Mutilingual Seal.

Please note:

  • Earning a Bilingual Seal does not exempt a student from having to successfully test out of a world language class in order to advance to a higher level class.

Learning Targets

Prep Course Descriptions

Study Materials

Math Study Materials

  • Purchase online at the College Preparatory Mathematics Store
  • Select materials for Algebra, Geometry, or Algebra 2.
  • Must purchase eBook; purchase of Hardbound eBook and Parent Guide highly recommended.

Science Study Materials

Testing Out of Physical Science

Go to an online bookstore and purchase: Prentice-Hall Physical Science; Concepts in Action, ISBN 978-0-13-317211-9

  • Units/Chapters of emphasis: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10.2, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17.1, 17.2, 17.4, 18.1, 18.2, 20, 21, 22.4, 25.1, 25.5, 26.5
  • We do study some of the other pieces in 25 & 26, but not nearly in the same amount of detail as presented.

Testing into Enriched Physical Science

There is no need to purchase study materials because the test is an aptitude test.

Prepare for the test by practicing your science reasoning skills at many of the ACT and EXPLORE science reasoning sites below. Some of the questions, primarily the ACT science reasoning questions, may be more difficult than the EXPLORE Science questions.

Testing into AP Biology

Purchase Essential Biology w/ Physiology (3rd edition) by Campbell, ISBN: 0-13-137505-9 or see Amanda Laden for an electronic copy.
  • Focus on Chapters 1-20, 24, and 27

World Language Study Materials

Go to an online bookstore and purchase the appropriate materials from the lists below.