Testing in Grade 11

Grade 11 student tests

In Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), grade 11 tests apply content knowledge and skills to prepare students for college and career. Required tests for eleventh graders are listed in the table below, organized alphabetically by test name. 

Grade 11 Required Tests

Test Name Requirement Source Content Tested Purpose of Test Time Needed* Schedule** Results Distribution
Career and Technical Education (CTE) Industry Certification Exams

State

ONLY for students enrolled in a CTE course or needing CTE certification for graduation

Industry standards for the CTE area each student has chosen to pursue To measure proficiency with industry content and skills Approx. 1-6 hours per certification

Schedule based on course and graduation requirements

Aug. 26 to June 12

Communicated to parents/guardians through student transcripts
Horizon Divisionwide Formative Assessments

Division

ONLY for students enrolled in tested courses

Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Biology To measure knowledge of course content standards prior to SOL tests Approx. 1 hour per subject Nov. 25 to Dec. 20 Available through student Horizon account and incorporated in ongoing performance communication to parents/guardians
Performance Assessment for Language Students (PALS)

Division

ONLY for students enrolled in a world language program

Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening To measure language progress and proficiency Approx. 3 hours total April 15 to June 11 Incorporated in performance communication to parents/guardians as part of final grades
Preliminary SAT (PSAT) Divison Reading, Logical Reasoning, Mathematics To measure readiness for advanced coursework and eligibility for a National Merit Scholarship Approx. 3 hours total Oct. 16 Distributed to parents/guardians within 2 months
Standards of Learning (SOL) Tests

State

ONLY for students enrolled in an SOL course or needing a verified credit for graduation

Writing, Reading, Mathematics, Science, History To measure knowledge of course content standards for state and federal accountability Approx. 2 hours per subject

Schedule based on course and graduation requirements

Sept. 9 to Sept. 13

Oct. 21 to Oct. 25 (Writing only)

Dec. 9 to Jan. 17

Mar. 2 to Mar. 18 (Writing only)

April 27 to June 5

Distributed to parents/guardians within 3 months
WIDA ACCESS for ELLS

State

ONLY for English learners

Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening To measure annual English language proficiency and progress in compliance with federal law Approx. 5 hours total Jan. 21 to Mar. 12 Distributed to parents/ guardians by the following August

* The amount of time needed for testing varies by student. All times are estimates. 

** Schedule dates represent the window of time during which tests may be given. Each school sets and communicates the specific date for each test.

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