PSAE ImagePrairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE)
2014 Archive

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.

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 PSAE Presentations  

 Test Dates  

Spring Administration
Initial Test Dates
Makeup Test Dates
Accommodations Testing Window
PSAE Day 1: April 23, 2014
PSAE Day 2: April 24, 2014
PSAE Day 1: May 7, 2014
PSAE Day 2: May 8, 2014
PSAE Day 1: April 23 - May 7, 2014
PSAE Day 2: April 24 - May 8, 2014**
*In spring 2014, the initial and makeup PSAE dates have shifted to Wednesday and Thursday due to many schools not planning to be in session on Monday, April 21, 2014..
**Students testing with accommodations must complete all Day 1 tests before beginning Day 2 tests.

 Questions about PSAE test administration should be directed to:

Megan Forness at or or by calling the Assessment Division at 866/317-6034.