At Irvington Preparatory Academy we strive for excellence in meeting the challenges of standardized testing. Since IPA’s inception, we have shown significant progress and success in this regard. Formal assessments administered at IPA include ACT, PSAT National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT), ISTEP+ (10th grade), ASVAB, SAT, and Advanced Placement (AP) Exams.


All IPA students are required to take the ISTEP+ Grade 10 Science exam to meet the state of Indiana’s high school graduation requirements. Students are also required to take and pass both the ISTEP+ Grade 10 English and Mathematics exams in order to earn a diploma. Beginning with the 2023 cohort, students will no longer take the ISTEP+ Grade 10 assessment but will be required to complete the Graduation Pathways to meet graduation requirements.


All IPA students will take the ACT college placement exam during the spring of their junior year.  Not only does this exam help students take the first step towards their college admissions process, it provides valuable achievement data that students and teachers can use to guide student learning. This exam, traditionally scheduled and paid for independently by students and their families, is provided by IPA as part of our commitment to the post-secondary success of our students.

SAT Suite of assessments

The PSAT is offered free of charge to all IPA 10th grade students. Juniors who are good candidates for the National Merit Scholarship will be invited to take the PSAT based on their academic performance and their scores on the PSAT from the previous year. The suite is used to measure student growth in English Language Arts and Mathematics. Data from these exams are used to adjust and plan instruction. Students participate throughout high school on the following schedule: PSAT 9: Spring, Freshmen; PSAT 10/NMSQT: Fall, all Sophomores and qualifying Juniors; SAT: Spring, all Juniors.


IPA 10-12 graders participate in the ASVAB exam each fall.  Seniors may also opt to sit for this exam.  The ASVAB provides valuable information to students as they narrow their career interests and learn their academic strengths. The ASVAB may also be used to meet the College and Career Readiness section of Graduation Pathways.

Advanced Placement (AP) Exams

All IPA students are encouraged to take AP courses throughout their high school career. AP exams are administered in May of each year and are required in order to earn college credit in respective courses and meet Academic Honors Diploma requirements. AP exams are graded on a 1-5 scale; those students earning a 3 or higher on an AP exam receive college credit for the course from their Indiana post-secondary institution.

If you have any questions about high school standardized testing and related services offered at IPA, contact James Welter, Director of Testing, Data, and Curriculum.