The Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) measures the achievement of grade 11 students in reading, mathematics, science, and writing.
The final administration of PSAE occurred in spring 2014 and included three components: (1) the
ACT Plus Writing, which includes the ACT battery of four multiple-choice tests (English, mathematics, reading, and science) and a writing prompt, (2) an ISBE-developed science assessment, and (3) two
WorkKeys assessments (Applied Mathematics and
Reading for Information).
In addition, in spring 2014, ACT’s WorkKeys
Locating Information assessment was administered at district discretion after the three PSAE Day 2 tests. This allows students who earn qualifying scores the opportunity to be eligible for ACT’s
National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC). Scores for WorkKeys Locating Information assessment are not used in any PSAE score calculations.