Student Testing

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SAT/ACT/PSAT/NMSQT at Annandale High School

Upcoming Test Dates

PSAT/NMSQT Date (test date falls on a Thursday school day):

  • Thursday, October 29, 2020, check-in begins at 7:45

SAT Dates (all SAT test dates listed here occur on a Saturday):

  • November 7, 2020
  • March 13, 2021
  • May 8, 2021

ACT Dates (all ACT test dates listed here occur on a Saturday):

  • October 24, 2020
  • December 12, 2020
  • February 6, 2021

Please Read: Important Test-taking Information

Only registered students are allowed to enter the building. No walk-in or on-site registrations will be permitted. For any further questions, please contact our Testing Coordinator, Princess Brown (@email). 

The SAT is normally 4 hours, 15 minutes long; however, students with College Board-approved extended time will test longer. Students testing with standard time should be done around 1:00-1:30pm. Students testing with 50% extended time should be done at approximately 3:00pm. General information about the SAT test format is available on the College Board webpage

An online student guide is available. Students are encouraged to read the guide to become familiar with the SAT before the test date.

Required Materials

Students must bring the following materials with them on the day of the exam, which are required to take the assessment. 

  • picture ID
  • Emergency contact information
  • Mask –
    • Masks are required to be worn at all times.
    • Students must provide their own mask, and it will be inspected prior to testing.
  • No. 2 pencils and erasers
    • No mechanical pencils
    • No pens

Permitted Materials:

  • Hand sanitizers and/or wipes
    • May be taken into the exam room but must remain underneath the desk while the exam is underway
  • Approved calculator and extra batteries
    • Calculators will not be provided by the school. Students cannot share their calculator with other test takers. Students are encouraged to bring extra batteries with them as batteries will not be provided on the SAT School Day.
  • Food/water
  • May be taken into the exam room but must remain underneath the desk while the exam is underway and may be accessed only during breaks, unless a specific accommodation allows otherwise. We request that snacks are peanut-free.

Prohibited Materials

Students are prohibited to use the following materials in the testing room and during breaks:

  • Use of electronic devices is prohibited from the time the student is admitted to the testing room until they are dismissed at the end of the test, including break times. Specifically:
    • Students may not handle or access a cell phone or electronic device at any time in the testing room or during break times. This includes smart watches, fitness bands, and any other devices with recording, internet, or communication capabilities.
    • All devices, including cell phones and wearable devices, must be turned off and placed out of sight.

Check-In Procedure:

Students will be asked to enter a specific door on the SAT School Day. The doors will open at 7:45am and close at 8:15am. Please be on time.

Parents/guardians are not be 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.  Multiple staff members are assigned a door entrance to assist with monitoring of social distancing. 

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.

 

SOL Resources

PSAT & SAT Test Prep and Information

ACT Test Prep and Information

Additional Testing Information

PSAT/NMSQT School Day FAQs

Q.  What is the PSAT/NMSQT test?

    A. The PSAT is a practice SAT test and cannot be sent off to colleges and universities for application purposes. The PSAT/NMSQT version of the test (as opposed to the PSAT 8/9 or 10) is the official qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship. Learn more about the National Merit Scholarship here.

Q.  When/where is the PSAT/NMSQT for Annandale students?

    A. The PSAT/NMSQT will be given on Thursday, October 29, 2020 at Annandale HS during the school day. Check-in will begin at 7:45 am. Doors close at 8: 15 am.

This day will be an asynchronous school day for all high school students. Students will be notified of their testing location by email (fcpsschools.net accounts).  Encourage your child to check for updates through their school email after registration closes on October 9.

Q.  Do I have to register to take this test with the College Board? How much will it cost?

  1.  For the October 29th, 2020 PSAT/NMSQT at Annandale High School, we will be taking care of registration locally, and there is no fee this year to participate in testing for FCPS juniors. There is no need to register through the College Board, but students must create an account with the College Board to access their scores. Accounts should be created through a personal email address (not school) so that students can access scores past their tenure at Annandale High School.

Q.  How long is the test?

    A. The PSAT/NMSQT 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 12:30 pm. Students testing with extended time will be emailed their testing time approximation closer to the testing date. If your child has College Board accommodations, please visit this site.

Q.  What should my student bring to school for the PSAT/NMSQT test?

  • A picture ID (can be last year’s school ID)
  • 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.
  • Emergency Contact Information
  • Personal Hand Sanitizer (not required)

Q. What is prohibited from testing?

  1. Testers 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 at home.

Q. Is food permitted?

  1.  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 on the Intent to Participate form. How do I know what time the bus will pick me up?

  1.  If you indicated that you will need FCPS transportation, you will be hearing from the FCPS Transportation Services one-two days prior to testing regarding pick-up/drop off times as well as bus stop location.

Q.  How can my student prepare for the PSAT/NMSQT?

    A. PSAT Student Guides which includes a practice test is linked above.  The College Board has also partnered with Khan Academy to provide online practice: Official PSAT® Practice. Please also visit the PSAT/NMSQT Terms and Conditions.

Q.  What procedures are being followed to ensure the safety of students?

        A. 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 PSAT?

    A. The College Board’s deadline for PSAT accommodation requests was August 31st.  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 SPED Department Chair, Kristin Lillis, at kplillis@fcps.edu.

Q.  When will my student receive PSAT/NMSQT scores?

    A. Scores should be available online to students through their free College Board accounts in late December to early January.   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 accounts as they may need access to these scores past being an FCPS student.

Q.  I have a question that is not listed above – who should I contact?

  A. Please contact our PSAT Coordinator, Marcelo Valencia, LMValencia@fcps.edu.