Skip Navigation

Standardized Testing


HCS periodically administers the ITBS. Iowa Test Basic Skills are nationally normed standardized tests that offer educators a diagnostic look at how their students are progressing in key academic areas. 
Class time is not used to practice for tests or provide answers to tests.
These tests do not determine if a student progresses to the next grade, but rather they are used to evaluate areas of strength and weakness in each student and in the HCS curriculum in order to better serve each individual student.

Language Skills

  • Vocabulary
  • Reading
  • Language
  • Word Analysis Listening
  • Spelling


  • Math Concepts
  • Math Computation
  • Math Problem Solving

Science, Social Studies, and Study Skills

  • Social Studies
  • Science Materials
  • Sources of Information


The PSAT, taken in eleventh grade, can begin the process for those students who qualify to compete in the National Merit Scholarship program.
All HCS seniors must take either the ACT or SAT (or both) on or before their senior year and submit their results for HCS school records. During the high school years, teachers advise students on these tests, help them with interpretation of scores, and may discuss possible avenues to improve their results.