High School Testing

SOL

SOL Writing Test

March 1 and March 15, 2021

Action required by Friday, 2/12

For students enrolled in: English 11, English 11 Honors, IB English Lit I, and IB Lang & Lit I

Students enrolled in the courses above are identified to take the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course (EOC) English: Writing Test in March 2021 to earn a verified credit that is required to graduate with a standard or advanced studies diploma. The test will be offered in person on Monday, March 1 and Monday, March 15 at Robinson Secondary School. We are testing on Mondays to maximize instructional time.

Description of the SOL Writing Test

Students traditionally take the EOC Writing SOL test over two days: one day they edit writing in a multiple-choice format test, then the other day they are given a prompt to which they write a persuasive essay (VDOE sample prompts here).  Both parts are combined to give one score.

SOL Flexibilities for this year

There are some SOL flexibilities around testing this year.  One flexibility is to defer testing until next school year. The other flexibility is to take both parts of the writing test in one day instead of two.  Other details of the testing are:

  • The one-day test will be in person on Monday, 3/1 starting at 8:00.  (The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) requires parent consent for students to take both test components on a single day, which would occur on March 1.)
  • For two-day testing, students would take one part on Monday, 3/1 starting at 8:00 and the other part on Monday, 3/15 starting at 8:00. 

The SOL test is untimed, but students must finish by the end of the school day. Students will be tested following FCPS COVID-19 protocols for social distancing, wearing masks, and health screenings. Additional information on FCPS health procedures can be found on the FCPS website at: https://www.fcps.edu/node/41890

Impact of Deferring

Due to Covid-related flexibility, VDOE will not require students to take this assessment in March 2021. Deferring this test will not impact the student’s English course grade; however, students must still earn a verified credit in English: Writing to meet VDOE graduation requirements. Students who defer testing in March will have to take a Writing test later this year or next school year.  Future options are described below. Parents and students should work with the school to determine what is best for the student.

Future Testing options

The timing of a student’s graduation plans should be taken into consideration when considering the following options:

SOL EOC English: Writing Test - FCPS will offer the SOL English Writing test again in Fall 2021 (usually October and December) and Spring 2022 (usually March and April).

 WorkKeys Business Writing Test - FCPS will offer the ACT WorkKeys Business Writing assessment in Spring 2021, 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 the school for more information or visit: https://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/workkeys-for-employers/assessments/business-writing.html

To adequately plan for in-person student testing, testing deferrals, as well as meal and transportation services, please complete the Google form linked below by Friday, February 12

Link to Google Participation Form

If you have questions about SOL testing contact the Assessment Coach, Jill D. Mahoney at @email.

SOLPass - practice for your SOL 

VDOE SOL Practice Links

SOL Practice Items

Writing Prompts

Released SOL Tests

Test Taking Tips

TestNav8 Download Instructions

JLAB

IB Diploma and Advanced Placement Program

IB Diploma Program

Advanced Placement Program

Please go to this updated AP page for Covid-19 cahnges.

AP Exam Information http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/ AP Central is the official online home for anyone involved with the AP Programs. Site includes extensive exam information, test dates, & fee information.

SAT

The SAT School Day (no essay option) on September 23, 2020, is being offered to students in Grade 12 only.

Students will be required to abide by health department guidelines, which include but are not limited to: answering health screening questions and wearing masks while at the test site.

Only students with pre-approved College Board accommodations will be eligible for accommodated testing. (Contact the school's SSD Coordinator (@email) for more information.)

Students' @fcpsschools.net emails and school websites will be the primary means of communication for the September 23 SAT School Day and should be checked frequently for updates.

***School Test Code: CEEB 470789***  When filling out information for standardized testing, you will need the College Entrance Examination Board number. 

For questions about the day of the test, contact our site coordinator Sandy Corbin. Arrival time is printed on your test ticket.

SAT Registration On-line registration, dates, costs for the SAT. Sample test questions and quizzes. 

SAT Test Day Checklist 

Free Test Preparation

Free Online Test Prep through Robinson Secondary Library/Media Center Website Free online test prep is available for Robinson students through the GALE Research Database available on the Library/Media center website. Password for this site is available on the Library/Media Center Blackboard 24/7 page. For details go to: Testing & Education Reference Center

The Khan Academy offers free SAT/ACT Prep. 

Number 2 http://www.Number2.com

PSAT

PSAT-10 Announcement- Monday, 19 April, 2021 - Grade 10 students only

FCPS students in grade 10 will have the opportunity to take the PSAT 10 at no cost on Monday, April 19. Due to ongoing pandemic conditions, it is understood that not all grade 10 students will be able to take part in this in-person exam opportunity. To guarantee participation in the PSAT 10, students must submit a PSAT 10 Intent to Participate Form by March 19, 2021Due to health and safety protocols, FCPS sites cannot accept walk-ins on the day of the exam.  

All PSAT10 testing accommodations must be approved by the College Board and are available only to students with disabilities and students with certain medical conditions; testing supports are also available for ELs. The deadline for the services for students with disabilities (SSD) coordinator to process and submit testing accommodations requests to College Board is Monday, February 22, 2021, as detailed in the school-level Accommodations Communication and Procedures. Robinson’s SSD coordinator is Ms. Peggi Miller.  For questions about PSAT testing accommodations, please email @email.

A division health and safety plan for the PSAT-10 has been approved as meeting Fairfax County Health Department guidelines. We will have additional, specific protocols outlining check-in doors and expectations, and other information unique to the site. Expect additional communication through email and Grade 10 Google classroom in late March/early April.

PSAT Practice Test

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/practice/full-length-practice-tests

ACT

***School Test Code: CEEB 470789***  When filling out information for standardized testing,  you will need the College Entrance Examination Board number.

For questions about the day of the test, contact our site coordinator Sandy Corbin at @email. Arrival time is printed on your test ticket.

Free Test Preparation

Free Online Test Prep through Robinson Secondary Library/Media Center Website Free online test prep is available for Robinson students through the GALE Research Database available on the Library/Media center website. Password for this site is available on the Library/Media Center Blackboard 24/7 page.

Test Optional Colleges and Universitieshttps://www.nvcc.edu/Annandale/testing/index.html 

Lists of colleges and universities that make SAT/ACT scores optional for admissions.

NOVA

NOVA Placement Tests (administered at Robinson Secondary School)

TBA – English TBA – Math Space is limited No fee  Pre-Registration is required. Registration process will be announced in April via email. Students must have completed a NOVA application prior to testing. A picture ID and a NOVA Student ID number are required to take the Placement Tests. As an alternative, students can also take the placement tests at the Testing Center on the NOVA Annandale Campus. https://www.nvcc.edu/Annandale/testing/index.html  For more information about the VPT Placement Tests: https://www.nvcc.edu/testing/placement.html 

ASVAB

Test Date

November 16, 2017 8:00am March 16, 2018 8:00am

Grades 10-12 Space is limited Whether you’re planning on college, a technical school, enlisting in the military, or you’re just not sure yet, the ASVAB Career Exploration Program can provide you with important information about your skills, abilities and interests –and help put you on the right course for a satisfying career. The test is offered twice a year (Fall and Spring) at Robinson Secondary School. See Mrs. Doyle for more information.

Contacts

Jill Mahoney | HS Testing Coordinator - SOL & WIDA

Jason Woehrmyer | AP Testing

Holly Cho | IB Testing

Wendy Vu | IB Testing

Eileen Doyle | SAT/ACT Testing