Onslow County high schools offer both Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses. These courses are designed for students who are ready for the rigor of college-level work and are willing to dedicate significant time outside of class to be academically successful at a high level. AP/IB classes may be after school or weekend labs and additional review sessions. Students are encouraged to begin AP/IB courses as soon in their high school career as appropriate. Students are encouraged to take the most rigorous courses offered in their schools in preparation for AP/IB courses. Students are also encouraged to sign up for and take the AP or IB exam associated with the courses they take. North Carolina pays the fee for AP and IB exams the student has been enrolled in during the current school year. Transferable college credit may be earned by attaining the required scores on the national AP or International IB exams. Students should consult with their chosen college to determine the test grade required to receive credit at that institution. Standards vary across the state and the nation.


    • End-of-Course Assessments (EOC): The North Carolina Accountability Program mandates testing in all end-of- course offerings where a state assessment is available. Students are required to take the assessment which is administered as a final exam and counts as 25 percent of the student’s final grade. Students must take the assessment to receive credit for the course. Additional information on this process may be found on the Department of Public Instruction website, www.ncpublicschools.org.


    • Career and Technical Education State Assessment: The Career and Technical Education Program of Studies mandates testing in all Career and Technical Education classes. Students are required to take the assessment which is administered as a final exam and counts 25 percent of the student's final grade.


    • WorkKeys® is a job skills assessment system that helps employers select, hire, train, develop, and retain a high-performance workforce. WorkKeys® helps ensure that individuals are ready for work—and for life. If students are going to be adequately prepared for the workforce, they need to understand the requirements for jobs they are considering. WorkKeys® helps students determine the skill levels required for various jobs.

    Students identified as completing a cluster in their senior year (and/or junior year if designated as an early graduate) are required to participate in the WorkKeys® assessment.


    • PreACT®: The PreACT® program helps 10th graders build a solid foundation for future academic and career success and provides information needed to address school districts' high-priority issues. It is a comprehensive guidance resource that helps students measure their current academic development, explore career/training options, and make plans for the remaining years of high school and post-graduation years. All students enrolled in PowerSchool in grade 10 will be required to participate in the administration of PreACT®.


    • ACT®: The ACT® test assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college- level work. The multiple-choice tests cover four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science. The Writing Test measures skill in planning and writing a short essay. All students identified in PowerSchool in 11th grade will be required to participate in ACT®.