New Admission Test for TJHSST to be Introduced During 2017-18 School Year

News Release
March 17, 2017

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) will introduce a new admission test for Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) during the 2017-18 school year.  TJHSST, a regional governor’s school, has a competitive admissions process for each new freshman class.

The new test is necessary because the current provider of the test, Pearson Education, withdrew its support for the TJHSST admissions testing program as a business decision.

Input from numerous sources—including FCPS educators, parents, and community members—was solicited while a thorough review process was launched to replace the existing test. 

A combination of two different tests—the ACT Aspire and Quant Q—were selected to replace the old test. The ACT Aspire test will test reading and science skills, and the Quant Q will test math skills.

These tests replace the previous exam and will be administered on November 18. No other changes will be made to the TJHSST admissions process. Additional information about semifinalist determination will be released by May 1.

For more information about the TJHSST admissions can be found on the FCPS website.


For more information, contact the TJHSST admissions office at 571-423-3770 or