Post Secondary Options
- Maricopa Community College Network
The Maricopa Community College Network includes Chandler Gilbert, Estrella Mountain, Gateway, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Rio Salado, Scottsdale, and South Mountain.
Yavapai Community College Prescott, AZ
Pima Community College Tucson, AZ
Coconino Community College Flagstaff, AZ
Students only need standardized test scores if they are planning to apply to a university right out of high school. If a student is planning to go to community college first, then they do not need to take the ACT or SAT while still in high school. As long as a student completes an associate’s degree at a community college, they are not required to take a standardized college aptitude test. The reason that universities require ACT or SAT scores is because they are one factor used to determine whether or not a student will be successful at the university level. Some universities also may not require a test score for admissions, but will require it for scholarship eligibility. ASU and U of A both fall into this category.
Recommendations for taking the ACT or SAT vary depending on the student’s long term goals. For most students, it is recommended that they take the ACT or SAT for the first time during the middle of their junior year. This ensures that they get exposure to important course content, but it also ensures that they have time to retake it if necessary. If a student is not planning to apply to a university right after high school, then it is not recommend that he or she take the ACT or SAT.
The ACT is generally recommended for New Way students for a few different reasons. The first is that the ACT is shorter than the SAT, which usually bodes well for New Way’s students. Typically, the test is recommended for quick workers, but extended time is an available accommodation that usually allows students enough time to get through the whole assessment. Because the ACT is more curriculum oriented than the SAT, the questions tend to be more knowledge based and straightforward. In addition, the writing portion is optional, which for some students is a great option. The SAT can be more appropriate for some students though, depending on their learning profile.
When a student transitions into a college, university, or vocational school, they are able to receive academic accommodations. These accommodations are meant to “even the playing field” for a student with a disability so that they are able to access the information provided in college and demonstrate their knowledge without being slighted because of their learning difference.
Common post-secondary accommodations include:
Digital Recorder/ Note Taking Technology with Audio Recording
FM Listening System
Test Accommodations: 1 & 1/2 time, double time, large print, reader, scribe
Alternate Format (Example: Audio recording of book)