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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.


 PSAE Presentations

 Test Dates


 General Information

 2014 Information for PSAE Test Supervisors/Accommodations Coordinators

 Accommodations-Specific Documents

 PSAE Resources for ELLs


Any questions regarding PSAE Test Administration should be directed to: Megan Forness at or or by calling Assessment Division at 866/317-6034.​​

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