The Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) is a two-day standardized test taken by all High School Juniors in the U.S. state of Illinois. On the first day, students take the ACT, and on the second day, a WorkKeys examination and Illinois State Board of Education-developed science examination. It has been required for all Illinois High School Students since 2001. The PSAE attempts to assess students on the following areas:
A student is required to take the PSAE to achieve a high school diploma, unless he or she meets one of the following requirements:
The student’s Individualized Education Program is incompatible with the PSAE, and the test cannot be modified to comply. In this case, the student takes the Illinois Alternate Assessment instead.
The student is not proficient in English. In this case the student takes the Illinois Measure of Annual Growth in English instead.
The student is enrolled in an alternative Education program, including an adult education program, or high school equivalency certificates.