Student Testing

Click the accordion below to expand and read about PSAT, SAT, and ACT.

PSAT Information

On Wednesday, October 13, all Fairfax High School 10th and 11th grade students will take the PSAT/NMSQT.  FCPS will cover the cost for all students.  There is no need to register this year for the PSAT.  

The PSAT/NMSQT is a standardized test that measures mathematics and evidence-based reading and writing. The test focuses on reasoning skills, knowledge, and comprehension. It is designed to promote college readiness while preparing students for college entrance assessments. Information about test content and format can be found on the College Board PSAT/NMSQT webpage (https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/inside-the-test/key-features). The PSAT/NMSQT is co-sponsored by the College Board and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. While only students in grade 11 are eligible to compete for National Merit Scholarships, students in grade 10 who take the PSAT/NMSQT gain excellent practice for the PSAT/NMSQT in grade 11 and the SAT college entrance assessment. 

 We will share exam day schedules and additional details in the coming weeks.

If you have questions about the PSAT/NMSQT at Fairfax High School, please contact Chrystal Ueltschi, @email

2021 PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide

The PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide has pertinent information for testing, tips and a practice test.  Please be sure to bring non-mechanical No. 2 pencils, a calculator off the approved list, a photo ID and a mask to testing. 

PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide

PSAT/NMSQT Practice Tests

 

Q.  When/where is the PSAT test?

  • The PSAT will be administered to ALL 10th and 11th grade students on October 13, 2021 at Fairfax HS during the school day. Students will arrive at normal school time and will begin the exam when the normal school day begins.
  • This day will be an asynchronous school day for all 9th grade students. 
  • Students will be notified of their testing room assignment and door entrance assignment by email (fcpsschools.net accounts).  Encourage your child to check for updates through their school email.

Q.  Do I have to register to take this test with College Board?

  • Students do NOT need to register for the PSAT this school year.  All students in 10th and 11th grade will receive a room assignment and will be administered the PSAT.  Students should NOT register for the test via College Board.

Q.  How long is the test?

  • The PSAT School Day is normally 2 hours, 55 minutes long; however, students with College Board-approved extended time will test longer. Students testing with standard time should be done around 12:00 (including preadministration time). Students testing with 50% extended time should be done at approximately 1:30.

Q.  What should my student bring to school for the PSAT? Please note: We are not able to loan out calculators to students.

  • A mask that must be worn the entire time they are in the building.
  • Two or more No. 2 pencils- not mechanical
  • Graphing Calculator
  • Water and snacks. Snacks may be consumed during breaks. We request that snacks are peanut-free and carried in a clear Ziplock bag.
  • Personal Hand Sanitizer (not required)

Q. What is prohibited from testing?

  • You are not permitted to bring any electronic “smart” device such as a cell phone or wearable technology like a Smart Watch or Fitbit. Please leave these items in your car/home.

Q. Is food permitted?

  • Fairfax County will be providing regular breakfast service the morning of Oct 13.  Breakfast must be consumed outside the testing room.  Snacks are allowed to be eaten during scheduled breaks behind your desk. We request that snacks are peanut-free and carried in a clear Ziplock bag.  Bagged lunch will be provided.  

Q.  How can my student prepare for the PSAT?

  • The PSAT Student Guide (which includes a practice test) is linked above. 

 

SAT Information

On Wednesday, October 13, Fairfax High School twelfth graders, who registered by September 8, 2021 will have the opportunity to take the SAT School Day.  Registration for the SAT school is no closed.  Walk-ins will not be accepted.  FCPS will cover the cost for any twelfth grade student to take this test. There is no Collegeboard registration required.  The essay option and subject area tests are not available during SAT School Day.  

General information about the SAT School Day test format is available on the College Board webpage (https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/taking-the-test/sat-in-school). 

We will share exam day schedules and additional details in the coming weeks.

If you have questions about the SAT registration at Fairfax High School, please contact Chrystal Ueltschi, @email

ACT Information

Coming Soon

Advanced Placement (AP) Tests

  • Will be posted when available.

Standards of Learning (SOL) Exams

  • Will be posted when available.

Final Exam Schedule

  • Will be posted when available.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language):

If you would like to receive fee waivers for the SAT and/or ACT tests, bring a copy of your Free or Reduced Lunch Verification letter to Mrs. Kim in the College and Career Center.