SAT and PSAT (Fall 2020) Information
Fairfax HS Saturday SAT dates: December 5, March 13, May 8
What to Bring
- A valid photo ID – you must have the physical ID. No copies or pictures of IDs accepted.
- Your printed test ticket
- No. 2 Pencils (NO mechanical pencils) – bring a lot, just in case!
- SAT-Approved calculator
- Snacks and water for breaktime
- Hand Sanitizer (optional)
- Extra face mask (optional)
Please arrive at 7:30 am. Students who arrive after 8:10 may be denied entry to the test center and may not be able to test.
Please be patient as we do our best to avoid crowds at the doors and get everyone safely admitted to the test center.
Entering the School
Last names A-L: Door 1 (Main entrance)
Last names M-Z: Door 2 (to the left of the main entrance)
- Before entering the building, a test staff member will check your temperature. Your temperature must be under 100.4 to enter. You will also asked to respond to a series of health questions about recent symptoms and exposure. If you are unable to answer “no” to all questions, you will be denied entry to the test center.
- Lists with student names and testing locations will be posted at each entrance. Please verify your test (with essay, without essay, subject, etc.) and your room.
- Once you enter the school, please proceed directly to your assigned testing room. Do not socialize in the hallways. If you need to use the restroom, ask your room proctor which restroom to use.
Have your ID and test ticket ready in your hand to present to your test room proctor for verification. This will help prevent crowding at classroom doors. Follow your proctor’s instructions regarding where to sit once you are in the classroom.
Parents/guardians may NOT enter the building under any circumstances.
- Smartwatches/Fitness trackers
- Prohibited calculators
If these items are brought to the test center, they will be collected by your room proctor. You will not have access to your device until after testing is completed and other students have been dismissed.
- Students will have their temperature checked and be required to complete a health screening questionnaire before entering the building.
- All students and test center staff must wear a mask at all times, except when eating or drinking during break. The mask must cover the face and nose.
- Hand sanitizer is available in each testing room, in the hallways, and at entrances. Students may also bring their own sanitizer.
- Restroom use will be limited so there is no crowding in restrooms during breaks.
- CollegeBoard has allowed slightly extended breaks as needed to limit crowding.
- Students who feel ill will be sent to an isolation room to determine next steps.
- Students who do not follow health and safety protocols will be dismissed from testing.
Q. When/where is the SAT School Day test?
The SAT School Day will be given on September 23, 2020 at Fairfax HS during the school day. Check-in begins at 7:15AM. Doors close at 8:15AM.
This day will be an asynchronous school day for all high school students. Students will be notified of their testing location and assigned entrance by email (fcpsschools.net account). Encourage your child to check for updates through their school email.
Q. Do I have to register to take this test with College Board?
For the September 23rd, 2020 SAT School Day test, no registration with College Board was required. Students had until September 11, 2020 to sign up for the test.
Q. How long is the test?
The SAT School Day test is 4 hours and 15 minutes long (students with College Board-approved extended time will test longer). Students testing with standard time will be done around 1:00PM. Students testing with 50% extended time will be done around 3:00PM.
Q. What should my student bring to school for the SAT School Day test? Please note: We will not lend pencils or calculators to students due to health concerns.
- A mask that must be worn in the building at all times
- Graphing Calculator (list of approved calculators)
- Layers (temperatures vary in our building)
- Two or more No. 2 pencils- not mechanical
- Photo ID (Be prepared to show a photo ID like your school ID card, driver’s license, passport, etc.)
- Test ticket (This will emailed to students’ fcpsschools.net email account three days prior to testing. Please print the ticket or copy ALL of the information onto a sheet of paper.)
- Water and snacks. Snacks may be consumed during breaks. We request that snacks are peanut-free and carried in a clear Ziplock bag
- Emergency Contact Information
Q. What is prohibited from testing?
You may NOT bring any electronic “smart” device such as a cell phone, laptop, or wearable technology like a Smart Watch or Fitbit. Please leave these items in your car or at home.
Q. Is food permitted?
Fairfax County will be providing a grab and go breakfast and lunch option for all students. Snacks are allowed to be eaten during scheduled breaks. We request that snacks are peanut-free and carried in a clear Ziplock bag.
Q. I said “yes” for school transportation. How do I know what time the bus will pick me up?
If you indicated that you will need FCPS transportation, you will receive an email with more information.
Q. How can my student prepare for the SAT School Day?
The SAT Student Guide, which includes a practice test, is linked above. The College Board has also partnered with Khan Academy to provide online practice: Official SAT® Practice. Please also visit the SAT School Day Terms and Conditions. You can find more practice sites linked at the bottom of the infographic.
Q. What procedures are being followed to safety of students?
SAT, ACT, and PSAT Health and Safety Protocols – Please read the information provided on this site. This page gives you information about how the procedures will be followed at schools to ensure safety of students and staff.
Students will receive an email through their fcpsschools.net accounts regarding the check-in process, entrance and testing room assignments, and what to bring (and what not to bring). Parents/guardians are not permitted in the building and should remain in their cars. Only students taking an exam may wait in the check-in line.
We also ask that students do not socialize in the parking lot or in the building. Social distancing and mask-wearing needs to be practiced at all times on the school property. If students choose to eat a snack during a break, they must do so quickly and put their mask back on as soon as they are finished.
Q. How can my student apply for testing accommodations for the SAT?
The College Board’s deadline for SAT accommodation requests was August 7th, 2020. Any student who has College Board approved accommodations will receive the appropriate accommodations on test day. Please be aware that students with an extended time accommodation will finish testing later. Additionally, students testing with MP3 audio will test over 2 days. For questions about the College Board accommodation request process, please contact our Services for Students with Disabilities Coordinator, Milan Sikand, at @email.
Q. When will my student receive SAT School Day scores?
Scores should be available online to students through their free College Board accounts around mid-October. Students can view scores via College Board at https://studentscores.collegeboard.org/home. Students who do not currently have a College Board account will need to create one to view scores. Students should use their personal email (not fcpsschools.net accounts) to create their CB account.
Q. I have a question that is not listed above – who should I contact?
Please contact our Assessment Coach, Kathy Kraus-Zadrozny, KJKrausZadro@fcps.edu.
The SAT Student Guides have information about testing, test-taking tips, and a practice test:
On October 29, 2020, all FCPS 11th grade students will have an opportunity to take the PSAT, paid for by FCPS.
Registration details coming soon!
The PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide has pertinent information for testing, tips, and a practice test: PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide