Testing and GPA

What are the specific examination and grade-point average requirements?

A combination of an examination result and GPA determine the level of scholarship eligible students can receive:  

  • For up to $4,755 a year - a GPA of 3.5 and a score of 25 on the ACT or 1680 on the SAT*
  • For up to $3,566 a year - a GPA of 3.0 and a score of 23 on the ACT or 1560 on the SAT*
  • For up to $2,378 a year - a GPA of 2.5 and a score of 21 on the ACT or 1450 on the SAT*

Be sure to list your high school as a recipient of your SAT and ACT test scores.

*Students entering a career and technical education certificate program can substitute WorkKeys scores. For the graduating classes of 2011 and 2012, the WorkKeys score requirements were: a score of 5 in each of the three WorkKeys tests - applied mathematics, reading for information, and locating information. Beginning with the class of 2013, the WorkKeys score requirements are: a combined WorkKeys score of 13 (with no score lower than 4) in the three WorkKeys tests.

What if a student has a grade-point average qualifying for a first-level award but an examination score that qualifies for a lower award level?

A student will be eligible for the award level for which he or she satisfies all eligibility requirements. In the situation described in the question, the student would qualify for the lower award level.

What can I do to prepare for the SAT and/or ACT?

Talk to your high school counselor or a teacher about academic or test preparation resources available through your school.  Make full use of online resources. Taking an online practice test gives you a good idea of what to expect on the exam and what areas to focus on when preparing for the test. You can find more information at http://sat.collegeboard.com/practice and http://actstudent.org/testprep/index.html. You can also find test preparation resources through the Alaska State Library Testing and Education Reference Center. From the link, scroll and click on "Testing and Education Reference Center" to access this resource. 

How can I make sure my high school gets my SAT and ACT scores?

Your SAT and ACT scores must be received by your high school before high school graduation to be used in determining your APS eligibility. You should request that your scores be sent to the school when you register for the test.

ACT: If you register online, you must list the correct high school when prompted to do so and be sure to check the "YES" box authorizing ACT to release your scores to that high school. If you register by mail, you authorize reporting by listing the correct high school code on the registration folder. Your scores will be sent three to eight weeks after the test.

SAT: Whether you register online or by paper, be sure to include your high school code. Your official score report will be provided to you and your high school, if you included the code, about five weeks after the test.

If you already took the test and did not have the scores sent to your school, you can request additional score reports from SAT and ACT. There may be a fee for additional reports. 

If I take the SAT, ACT and/or WorkKeys in the summer after I graduate high school, can I use those scores?

All APS eligibility requirements, including the test score, must be met by the time of high school graduation.  The scores must be sent directly to the high school from the testing institution and received before high school graduation. Note that according to SAT and ACT published information, it may take 6-8 weeks for score reports to be sent. 

I took the SAT, ACT, and/or WorkKeys multiple times. How will my scores be reported for scholarship purposes?

Your scholarship eligibility status is based on the information your school district provides to the Department of Education and Early Development (EED). EED is relying on the districts to determine your scholarship eligibility level and they may do so based on their standard policy or practice.  Use of composite SAT or ACT scores is not prohibited.

Similarly, for WorkKeys, the school district  may determine students’ scholarship eligibility by combining scores in each of the three tests (Locating Information, Reading, Mathematics), even if the tests were taken on different dates, as long as all of the relevant tests were taken at your school.

Can I take the WorkKeys exam at my local Job Center for purposes of qualifying for the APS?

The high school must record and add students' WorkKeys exam scores to their permanent student records at the school. If students miss the test day at their high school, they need to reschedule the test with the school.

Note also that qualifying for the APS solely based on WorkKeys scores (as opposed to an SAT or ACT score) will allow a student to use the award for pursuit of a career and technical education certificate program only.