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On Monday, April 19, 2021, Fairfax High School tenth graders will have the opportunity to take the PSAT 10. FCPS will cover the cost for any tenth-grade student to take this test.
To help the school prepare for testing, families are asked to complete the form below by Friday, March 19. This form asks about participation in the test, the need for bus transportation, and interest in free breakfast or lunch on the day of the test.
To access the form, your student will need to be logged into their fcpsschools.net account. This email has been sent to your student’s school email account for ease of registration.
A translated version of the form content may be found on the PSAT 10 Intent webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/42692). Due to health and safety protocols, FCPS sites cannot accept walk-ins on the day of the exam.
General information about the PSAT 10 test format is available on the College Board webpage (https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10). Monday, April 19 has been designated for independent learning in FCPS high schools, so students who choose to take the PSAT 10 will not miss synchronous instruction or intervention with their teachers.
We will share more details about test day schedules and bus transportation in the coming weeks to your student’s fcpsschools.net email account. FCPS health and safety protocols for PSAT 10 administration are available online (https://www.fcps.edu/node/41891).
If you have questions about the PSAT 10 administration at Fairfax High School, please contact our Assessment Coach, Dr. Kraus-Zadrozny at @email.
Juniors interested in taking the PSAT were required to register for the test by Friday, October 9th.
Due to health and safety protocols, FCPS sites cannot accept walk-ins on the day of the exam.
If you have questions about the PSAT/NMSQT registration at Fairfax High School, please contact Kathy Kraus-Zadrozny at @email.
2020 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 Day FAQs
Q. When/where is the PSAT test?
The PSAT will be administered to 11th grade students on October 29, 2020 at Fairfax HS during the school day. Check-in will begin at 7:45 am. Doors will close at 8:30.
- This day will be an asynchronous school day for all high school 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 were required to register for the PSAT via the FCPS "PSAT Intent to Participate Form" sent to all Fairfax HS juniors and parents via email. Students who successfully registered for the school-day PSAT, received a confirmation email sent to their FCPS Gmail account. Student 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 pencils or calculators to students due to health concerns.
- 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 a grab and go breakfast and lunch option for all students. Breakfast and lunch 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.
Q. Where should students park?
- Students should park in the lot closest to their assigned entrance.
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 be hearing soon from the FCPS Transportation Services Department or our assessment coach regarding your bus assignment. This will be communicated to your fcpsschools.net email address.
Q. How can my student prepare for the PSAT?
- The PSAT Student Guide (which includes a practice test) is linked above.
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 are being followed at schools to ensure safety of students and staff.
- Testers will also be receiving 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 who are actually taking an exam may wait in the check-in line.
- We also ask that testers and families dropping students off do not socialize in the parking lot or in the building. Social distancing needs to be practiced at all times on the school property as well as mask wearing.
Q. How can my student apply for testing accommodations for the SAT?
- The College Board’s deadline for PSAT accommodation requests was August 18th. 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 or 100% Extended Time will test over 2 days.
- For questions about the College Board accommodation request process, please contact our SSD Coordinator, Milan Sikand at email@example.com.
Q. When will my student receive PSAT scores?
- Scores for the 2020 PSAT/NMSQT will be available in early January. Students will be able to view scores via College Board’s website at https://studentscores.collegeboard.org/home using their student ID or access code. Students who do not currently have a College Board online account will need to create one to view scores – do NOT use your fcpsschools.net email address to establish this account. Please see the College Board video tutorial for help accessing scores.
- Helping Students Who Can't Access Their Scores: After students log in to their College Board account, they should click "Add Scores". In the "Matching Tool", it is essential that the College Board account information matches what students entered on their PSAT answer sheet. For example, if a student bubbled "Elizabeth" on her PSAT answer sheet and created her College Board account using the name "Beth", her scores will not load. If students need to change their name, they must call College Board Customer Service at 1 (866) 630-9305. All other changes can be made right in their account. It is also important that students choose the correct test name and test year. All students should choose the 2020 as the test year (they took the exam in October 2020). If still unable to populate the score, the student will be prompted to indicate which test they're missing and enter the access code to assist the match. If you have additional questions, please contact Kathy Kraus-Zadrozny at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. I have a question that is not listed above – who should I contact?
- Please contact our Assessment Coach, Kathy Kraus-Zadrozny (@email)
COVID-19 Protocols for ACT Testing at Fairfax HS
Saturday, October 24th
Fairfax High School will be following all health protocols required by the state of Virginia, Fairfax County, and ACT. Please be aware of the following protocols prior to arriving to test on the dates noted above.
Regarding Safety Measures:
- Masks will be required, at all times, for both testers and ACT staff.
- Social distancing will be practiced to the best of the ACT staff’s ability.
Regarding Building Entry and Check-in:
- Testers taking the ACT Without Essay and testers with accommodations will report to the main entrance (door 1). Testers taking the ACT with Essay will report to Door 2 which is to the left of the main entrance. The line for door two should form to the left, away from the main entrance. Please locate signs at both entries to ensure you at the correct entrance point.
- Parents will not be permitted in the check in line with their student. They are welcome to wait in the parking lot until their student is admitted.
- At each entrance, testers will be required to respond to questions from a “health questionnaire” provided by ACT. No tester will be permitted into the building without having completed this questionnaire and wearing a mask. Here are the six (6) statements to which a tester must agree:
- Have you tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
- Have you had any of these symptoms in the last 14 days?
- Fever greater than 100 degrees
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
- Are you experiencing fever, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, a cough, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell at this time?
- Have you been in close contact with someone displaying these known symptoms of COVID-19?
- Have you been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 or who has tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
- Have you traveled outside the country or to any high-risk locations in the last 14 days or been in close contact with someone who traveled to high-risk locations in the past 14 days?
- Testers will be required to wear masks at all times upon entering the building, and the masks will also be inspected at that time.
- Tester entry will be staggered, so that only a few are entering the building at a time, to allow space between testers as they locate their assigned testing room.
- Hand sanitizer will be available at each entrance.
Regarding Testing Rooms:
- As always, before testers can be allowed into their assigned testing room, they must provide two pieces of identification to the Room Proctor -- their printed Testing Ticket, and a valid ID of some kind ACT Test Day - The ACT Test.
- Testers should do everything they can to have their identification ready when they arrive at their testing room, so they can move into the room quickly and help avoid testers clustering around a test room door.
- Students must temporarily pull their masks down during center and room check-in, pulling them away from their face for ID verification. Efforts will be made to ensure students stand an appropriate distance away from the staff admitting students to the room.
- Each testing room will have a container of hand sanitizer available.
Regarding Breaks Between Testing Sections:
- Breaks will be administered per ACT protocol and no extended breaks will be provided.
- Students are permitted to take breaks in the room, and only one student at a time will be permitted out to use the restroom. Hall monitors may ask to inspect masks of students leaving the restroom.
- Hall Monitors will be moving about the hallways to encourage testers not to cluster together, and to move back into their testing room as quickly as possible.
Regarding Student Dismissal:
- Once testers in a particular testing room have finished, the Room Proctor will dismiss them in a staggered fashion -- testers must then move quickly to exit the building through the same entrance they entered earlier that morning.
Writing SOL: Students in English 11 Classes
Specific testing dates will be emailed to students’ fcpsschools.net email address.
Dear Parents and Guardians:
Your student is enrolled in an English 11 course and identified to take the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course (EOC) English: Writing Test in March 2021 to earn verified credit that is required to graduate with a standard or advanced studies diploma. In the coming weeks, I will provide details regarding specific dates and times when the test will be offered.
What is the format of the SOL EOC English: Writing Test?
The SOL EOC English: Writing consists of two components: multiple-choice and short-paper. These components are administered via the computer, in-person at school in two sessions. Sessions may be administered on one or two days. The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) requires parent consent for students to take both test components on a single day.
Is my student required to take this test in March 2021?
Due to Covid-related flexibility, VDOE will not require students to take this assessment in March 2021. There is no academic impact of deferring this test; however, students must still earn a verified credit in writing to meet VDOE graduation requirements. Parents and students should contact the school counselor to ensure that deferring the test will not delay graduation.
If we defer SOL testing in March 2021, when can my student access a test for verified credit?
The timing of a student’s graduation plans should be taken into consideration when considering the following options:
- SOL EOC English: Writing - FCPS will offer the SOL English Writing test in Fall 2021 and Spring 2022.
- WorkKeys Business Writing - FCPS will offer the ACT WorkKeys Business Writing assessment in Fall 2021 and Spring 2022. This standardized-timed test is approved by VDOE to fulfill the writing verified credit requirement and consists of a single business-related writing prompt administered online, in-person at school. Preparation for this assessment typically occurs outside of English class as business writing is not part of the standard curriculum for these courses. Contact your school's Assessment Coach for more information.
- AP English Exams – The AP English Language assessment may also be used as a substitute test to fulfill the verified credit requirement. If your student is enrolled in an AP English Language and Composition your student will not be scheduled to take the English Writing SOL as we will plan to use their score from the May AP English Language exam to earn the needed verified credit. If you would like to opt-in your AP English Language student, please contact Dr. Kraus-Zadrozny at @email to make arrangements. Do not use the form below.
Action Item: The parents of English 11 students should complete this Google Form to indicate your student’s participation in the EOC English: Writing SOL. Please be advised that if you do not provide us with your choice, your student will be scheduled for a two-day SOL in the March 2021 window. Please complete the form by Sunday, February 7, 2021.
If you have questions about SOL testing, please contact your student’s school counselor or the Assessment Coach.
Advanced Placement (AP) Tests
Standards of Learning (SOL) Exams
Final Exam Schedule
- Will be posted when available.
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language):
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