Prairie State Achievement Examination

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The Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) was a two-day standardized test taken by all High School Juniors in the U.S. state of Illinois. On the first day, students take the ACT, and on the second day, a WorkKeys examination and Illinois State Board of Education-developed science examination.[1] The test is no longer administered in Illinois schools; however, it was required for all Illinois High School Students from 2001-2014.[2]

Areas of Assessment[edit]

The PSAE attempted to assess students on the following areas:[3]

  • Math
  • Reading
  • Science
  • Writing


A student was required to take the PSAE to achieve a high school diploma, unless he or she met one of the following requirements:[1]


  1. ^ a b Becky McCabe, Division Administrator, Student Assessment Division (August 21, 2006). "Memorandum:2006-07 Guidance – Graduation and the Prairie State Achievement Examination" (PDF). Illinois State Board of Education. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 13, 2006. Retrieved April 20, 2007. 
  2. ^ Stephen M. Ponisciak (September 2005). "Understanding the Prairie State Achievement Exam" (PDF). University of Chicago. Retrieved April 20, 2007. 
  3. ^ "Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE)". Illinois State Board of Education. Retrieved April 20, 2007. 

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