This test is administered during the Freshmen year. Taken at least two times during Freshmen Focus, it directs the course of how that class is taught. ACT Tessera measures five social and emotional learning skills and climate.

Each of the five SEL strengths is crosswalked to one of the Big Five facets:
Conscientiousness, Agreeableness, Emotional Stability, Openness, and Extraversion

Conscientiousness (Grit)

  • Persistent, Goal-oriented, Exceeds expectations, Effortful, 

  • Mastery-oriented, Likes challenges

Agreeableness (Teamwork)

  • Pleasant, Sensitive to others, Easy to get along with, 

  • Cooperative, Helpful, Caring

Emotional Stability (Resilience)

  • Creative, Thoughtful, Problem-solvers, Open-minded, 

  • Accepting, Interested and open

Openness (Curiosity)

  • Poised, Good at dealing with stress, criticism, and setbacks, 

  • Flexible, Restrained


  • Takes charge, Assertive, Expresses freely, Persuasive, 

  • Cheerful and optimistic, Confident


  • Supportive, Safe, Strong relationships, Trusting, 

  • Collaborative, Academically enhanced


The PreACT is offered to sophomores. It contains tests in English, math, reading, and science that simulate the full ACT but in a shorter test window. The PreACT will be useful in discussing plans for future education and choice of college with parents and guidance counselors. It predicts performance on the full ACT as well as college and career readiness. The PreACT also reports data to help with action plans to increase success in high school courses and on the ACT. It matches students to colleges and universities across the country and to scholarship organizations. Additionally, it will create personalized ACT practice though ACT academy with your scores.


The ACT is a national college admissions examination (accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the U.S.) that consists of subject area tests in:

  • English

  • Mathematics

  • Reading

  • Science

The ACT includes 215 multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete, including a short break (or just over four hours if you are taking the ACT Plus Writing). Actual testing time is 2 hours and 55 minutes (plus 30 minutes if you are taking the ACT Plus Writing). The ACT is administered on seven test dates — September, October, December, February, April, June and July. 

There is also a state-funded ACT for all juniors in March. This is a free ACT which can be used as a graduation pathway. The scores that are needed for this pathway are 22 Math, 22 Reading and 18 Math. 

Students are advised to take this college entrance exam at least 2-3 times in between their junior year and senior year. Most accredited colleges in the state of Ohio require this test for admission or placement.

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The Academic Booster Club sponsors an 8-week ACT prep class prior to the spring ACT exam. The course generally begins approximately 9-10 weeks prior to the test date and is held at Lima Central Catholic. It is taught by qualified and experienced Science, Math and English teachers. There is a fee for the course but it is generally less than that charged by other test preparation organizations. LCC students are given first priority but students from other schools are welcome to participate if the class is not filled.

The next ACT prep course will begin January 2021. Info will be forthcoming.


The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It is a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT®. It also gives you a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools.

The PSAT 10 is a practice SAT exam that is administered during the school day in February of the sophomore year. It is aligned to the new SAT, meaning it has new SAT question types including evidence support questions on the reading. Its scores are reported on the same scale as the new SAT. The PSAT 10 is designed specifically for sophomores in high school, so its questions are not as difficult as the PSAT/NMSQT, which is designed for juniors. The PSAT 10 does not qualify students for the National Merit competition, even if a really high score is achieved; it is simply an SAT practice test to prepare for future testing.

Both of these tests are taken at LCC during the school day. The cost of these tests is $20.00.


The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test that lets you show colleges what you know and how well you can apply that knowledge. It tests your knowledge of reading, writing and math — subjects that are taught every day in high school classrooms. Most students take the SAT during their junior or senior year of high school, and almost all colleges and universities use the SAT to make admission decisions.

The SAT test is administered on seven test dates each year – October, November, December, January, March, May and June. Students are advised to take the SAT for the first time during the spring of their junior year and a second time during the fall of their senior year. Many schools outside the state of Ohio require this test.

Some private schools require the SAT Subject Tests for admission (one hour exams in specific areas). Students should check the bulletin of the college to which they are applying in order to determine what test(s) will be required.


End-of-course state tests are a requirement for graduation. End-of-course tests take place at the end of the course in the following subjects:

End-of-course state tests are a requirement for graduation. End-of-course tests take place at the end of the course in the following subjects:

  • Algebra I and Geometry

  • Biology

  • American History and American Government

  • English II (ELA II)

For each of the end-of-course state tests, a student earns a score that is considered limited, basic, proficient, accelerated, or advanced. Passing scores vary for each subject. A passing score in these exams can be used to meet graduation requirements by showing competency and readiness.