List of standardized tests in the United States

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

Ability/Achievement tests[edit]

Ability/ Achievement tests are used to evaluate 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.

A general distinction is usually made between tests of ability/ aptitude (intelligence tests) versus tests of achievement (academic proficiency).

IQ tests[edit]

Achievement tests[edit]

  • Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT)
  • Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement (KTEA)
  • Woodcock–Johnson Tests of Achievement (WJ)
  • Peabody Individual Achievement Test (PIAT-R)
  • Wide Range Achievement Test, 5th Ed. (WRAT-5)

Public schools[edit]

Other tests[edit]

The test of General Educational Development (GED) and Test Assessing Secondary Completion TASC evaluate 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 tests[edit]

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.[3]

Secondary school[edit]


Graduate/professional schools[edit]

Language proficiency[edit]

  • TOEIC – Test of English for International Communication
  • TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language
  • IELTS – International English Language Testing System

Psychological tests[edit]

Professional certification tests[edit]

Armed Forces[edit]

ASVAB (United States) required for entry into any branch of The United States Military. Other tests, such as AFOQT and ASTB are used for officers.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "EXPLORE web page". Archived from the original on 2007-07-13. Retrieved 2007-07-15.
  2. ^ "Iowa Testing Programs – College of Education – the University of Iowa". Archived from the original on 2012-07-29. Retrieved 2012-08-05.
  3. ^ "Glossary", Oregon Student Admissions Commission. Retrieved 4/1/08.