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State testing is THIS WEEK!

Starting tomorrow, on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, LHS freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will be undergoing this spring’s state testing. Freshmen will complete the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) tests, sophomores will complete the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT), and juniors will complete the American College Test (ACT) as well as the CMAS. Seniors, no tests for you! Tests will be given throughout the mornings of April 19, 20, and 21. Lists of names and the room number each person will be testing in are posted throughout LHS. A short break for lunch will be given after finishing testing on each of the three days, and then all students are required to attend specific block classes in the afternoo. `

The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, April 19


Freshmen will complete day one of the CMAS.

Juniors will complete the ACT.




ALL STUDENTS will attend their 2nd period class.


ALL STUDENTS will attend their 4th period class.


ALL STUDENTS will attend their 6th period class.

Wednesday, April 20


Freshmen will complete day two of the CMAS.

Sophomores will complete the PSAT.




ALL STUDENTS will attend their 7th period class.


ALL STUDENTS will attend their 8th period class.

Thursday, April 21


Freshmen will complete day three of the CMAS.

Juniors will complete the CMAS.




ALL STUDENTS will attend their 1st period class.


ALL STUDENTS will attend their 3rd period class.


ALL STUDENTS will attend their 5th period class.

Note: This schedule can also be found on the Littleton High School website along with information about school bus schedules on these days.

Different students have different views on this week’s testing, especially depending on the test they are taking. Here are some things different students said regarding 2016 spring testing:

“I have to take the ACT so I’m a little nervous about that…It’s really scary,” said Junior Katie Roskam.

“I think it’s really good practice and we kind of need it,” said Sophomore Cailen Wasinger regarding the PSAT.

Students also mentioned some of their favorite things during testing week:

“Less homework,” said a group of freshmen boys.

“I like sleeping in,” said Sophomore Natalie Rutty.

“I like how we have an alternate schedule so we don’t really start classes until later,” said Roskam.

All this said, it is important to focus primarily on the testing at hand. Both the success of schools and students are measured by the majority of these tests, so it is important that every student does their best. Stay calm and do not fret over testing, but there are a few things that you can do to help prepare yourself:

  1. First of all, DO NOT opt out of the test! “It should be everybody doesn’t  have to do it or everybody has to do it because the point of state testing is to compare you to everyone else, so it’s kind of stupid if some people are dropping out because it doesn’t give an accurate comparison,” said Freshman Charlie Vaughters. Colleges are also starting a process called “mining” in which they examine students’ discipline records as well as past years of test scores in order to determine whether or not a student should be accepted into their school. It does not “look good” if a student does not have test scores because they opted out of state testing opportunities.
  2. Secondly, before your tests, it might be good to try one or more practice tests. Practice CMAS/ PARCC tests are available online, ACT practice tests can be found both online and in books that most juniors probably already have, and if you are taking the PARCC test, a practice booklet was given to you at your bubbling session. Take a few minutes to look over these things, but DO NOT stay up all night studying; it will do you more harm than good.
  3. Get adequate sleep before the test!
  4. Eat a protein rich breakfast before taking the test.
  5. Plan to arrive at school by 7:10am so that you can be in your testing room by 7:15am.