Academics » Testing


  • AP Testing
  • CAASPP - The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress - This state testing happens once a year for all 11th and 12th grade students and English Language Learner (ELL) students.
    • SBAC - Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (11th)
    • CAST - California Science Test (12th)
    • ELPAC - English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELL)

2024 CAASPP Testing Information


Parents of Juniors and Seniors,


An important part of your student’s academic program is measuring progress through the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) assessments.  Poway High School will be administering these assessments from March 25-April 5, 2024.   testing bell schedule 


It is important for your student to take the test because:

  • Poway High School uses the data to analyze the success of certain courses.

  • We were ranked in the top ten High Schools in Southern California.

  • If less than 95% of students take the test, our scores are invalidated and we are not ranked.  Seniors this year were affected by our lack of ranking.

  • Juniors who take the test will be seniors next year, and having a good school ranking is favorable.

  • We do not look at individual scores at Poway High, but if your student scores well, the scores can be added to the college resume.

Juniors will be taking the SBAC test. The SBAC consists of English and Math testing. All juniors will be tested during their Social Science classes. Any student not enrolled in a Social Science class in Tri 3 has to meet with their administrator during their off-roll by Monday, March 18 to design an alternative testing schedule.

Seniors will be taking the CAST.  Students will be testing in their Social Science classes or off-roll periods.  If your senior is not enrolled in a Social Science class in Tri 3,  you will receive an email with instructions on when they will take the CAST test.

Pursuant to California Education Code Section 60615, parents/guardians may annually submit to the school a written request to excuse their child from any or all the CAASPP assessments.


We could use your partnership in creating a positive testing experience for your student by considering the following information:

  1. Please review the testing schedule here and limit school-day appointments during the testing period.

  2. Earbuds/headphones are needed for the SBAC test. It is best to test using wired, not Bluetooth, earbuds/headphones. Earbuds will be available for those who did not bring their own.

  3. SBAC scores can be used to determine the readiness of a student to take college-level general education written and math/quantitative reasoning courses before attending a California State University (CSU), or one of the participating California Community Colleges. Please encourage your child to select yes when prompted to participate in the Early Assessment Program (EAP). Please note SBAC scores are not used to determine college admissions. Click here for more information.

  4. Encourage your child to get a good sleep and a healthy breakfast.

  5. Remind your child to show Titan Pride and test their best!

Parents of Juniors, you will receive your child’s results at or before the beginning of the next school year. The results will identify where your child is doing well or needs more help, so you can better support their learning at home and teachers can better support their learning in the classroom.

We appreciate your support of the testing process. You can find more information on state testing on the CA state CAASPP webpage.  If you have questions you may contact Mrs. Monique Kanouse, Assistant Principal at (858)748-0245 ext. 5106 or [email protected].


Thank you! Good luck Juniors and Seniors!


2023-2024 SAT Administration Dates

Test Date Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline
August 26, 2023 July 28, 2023 August 15, 2023
October 7, 2023 September 7, 2023 September 26, 2023
November 4, 2023 October 5, 2023 October 24, 2023
December 2, 2023 November 2, 2023 November 21, 2023
March 9, 2024 (Digital) February 23, 2024 February 27, 2024
May 4, 2024 (Digital) April 19, 2024 April 23, 2024
June 1, 2024 May 16, 2024 May 21, 2024

Check the CollegeBoard SAT webpage for test center locations and registration information. Poway High School is not a host site for the SAT.  
Fee Waiver Student Brochure
To request a Fee Waiver for the SAT, please contact your counselor.


2023-2024 ACT Administration Dates

Test Date Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline
September 9, 2023 August 4, 2023 August 18, 2023
October 28, 2023 September 22, 2023 October 6, 2023
December 9. 2023 November 3, 2023 November 17, 2023
February 10, 2024 January 5, 2024 January 19, 2024
April 13, 2024 March 8, 2024 March 22, 2024
June 8, 2024 May 3, 2024 May 17, 2024
July 13, 2024 June 7, 2024 June 21, 2024

PSAT testing will take place on Saturday, October 14, 2023
Register for the PSAT here!

Students will need to bring two #2 pencils and a College Board approved calculator to the exam. Students who are testing will need to show a valid ID.

Students who would like to apply for a fee waiver can fill out the Multipurpose Family Income Form here (formerly the Meal Application) and return the form to Mrs. Surarujiroj in the administration building.

Test Date Registration Deadline Fee (Paid to Finance Office)
October 14, 2023 August 31, 2023 $30
  • PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10
  • Students will need to bring two #2 pencils and a College Board approved calculator to the exam. Students who are testing will need to show a valid ID.