Testing in Grade 12

Grade 12 student tests

In Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), grade 12 tests apply content knowledge and skills to prepare students for college and career. Required tests for twelfth graders are listed in the table below, organized alphabetically by test name. 

Assessment dates and delivery format for 2020-21 are subject to change due to shifts in school operations. 

Grade 12 Required Tests

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

State

ONLY for students enrolled in a CTE course

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

In-Person (computer-based and paper/pencil) Communicated to parents/guardians through student transcripts
Performance Assessment for Language Students (PALS)

State

ONLY for students enrolled in a Level 4 or higher world language course and needing a test for the Biliteracy diploma seal

Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening To measure language progress and proficiency Approx. 3 hours total April 14 to June 10 In-Person (computer-based) Incorporated in performance communication to parents/guardians as part of final grades
SAT Division Reading, Logical Reasoning, Mathematics To measure readiness for college entrance Approx. 3 hours total Sept. 23 In-Person (paper/pencil) Distributed to parents/guardians within 1 month
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

Dec. 7 to Jan. 15

Mar. 1 to Mar. 19 (Writing only)

April 19 to June 7

In-Person (computer-based) 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. 19 to Mar. 11 In-Person (computer-based) Distributed to parents/ guardians by the following August
WIDA Screener

State 

ONLY for potential English learners

Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening To determine eligibility for English learner services, in compliance with federal law Approx. 90 minutes total Within 30 days of entry from outside Virginia In-Person (computer-based) Distributed to parents/ guardians within 1 month
WorkKeys

State

ONLY for students needing verified credit for graduation

Reading, Writing To measure the ability to apply content knowledge to a real-world situation Approx. 30-45 minutes per subject

Schedule based on course and graduation requirements

Nov. 9 to Nov. 13 (Writing only)

Dec. 7 to Dec. 11

Feb. 1 to Feb. 12

Mar. 22 to Mar. 26

April 12 to April 23

June 1 to June 9

In-Person (computer-based) Incorporated in ongoing performance communication to parents/guardians

* 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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