Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) Admissions
Taking the Test
The admissions test contains three components for math, reading and science. The math (Quant Q) will have 28 questions with 50 minutes to complete. The reading and science will be tested using the ACT Aspire. The Aspire Reading test has 32 questions with 65 minutes to complete and the Aspire Science test has 40 questions with 60 minutes to complete. There will be a break between the Quant Q and the Aspire Reading segments of testing.
Total testing time, including time for instructions and questions, is approximately 3.5 hours.
All applicants to the freshman Class of 2022 that submit a completed application by the September 29, 2017, deadline are automatically registered to take the Thomas Jefferson Admissions Test. This is the only way to register for the admissions test and all applicants to the freshman class of 2022 must take the admissions test. This year's test will be administered on Saturday, November 18, 2017, beginning at 8:00 a.m. and ending at approximately 12:00 noon. All applicants will receive a test site email the week of November 8 with detailed logistics for test day, including the following information.
What you should bring on test day:
- Your test site email
- Three #2 pencils (sharpened with erasers)
Optional to bring on test day:
- Extra erasers
- Sweater or sweatshirt
- Small snack and/or bottle of water (to be consumed during the break)
DO NOT bring on test day: (Use of these devices or unapproved materials may result in disqualification.)
- Cell phone
- Watch - regardless of type
Selecting Your Test Site
The test is offered at 17 locations through Northern Virginia (12 in Fairfax County, three in Loudoun County, one in Arlington County, and one in Prince William County). Applicants must select a test site location within the school division in which they reside (City of Falls Church applicants may test at any site because there is no test site located in the City of Falls Church).
Test Site Instructions for SIS/Essay Testing on February 3
No snacks are allowed since this is a two-hour testing window with no breaks.
1. Carson Middle School - Parents are not allowed in the building. Students should not bring pencil pouches.
2. Frost Middle School - Students will enter through Door 1 and go to cafeteria. Parents are not allowed in the building. Students are prohibited from going to their lockers.
3. Jackson Middle School - Students should line up in front of the door at Entrance #1.
4. Sandburg Middle School - Students should enter through Door #2. Parents are not allowed in the building. Bring printed test day email or semifinalist decision email. No watches or cell phones permitted in the building.
5. Saunders Middle School - Parents are not allowed in the building.
6. Stone Middle School - Students should enter through Door #2 between 7:30 and 7:45 am. The building will close at 11:00 am.
7. Stone Hill Middle School - Students should enter through entrance A-1 in the front of the building. Parents are not allowed in the building.
8. Twain Middle School - Parents are not allowed in the building.
9. Williamsburg Middle School - Students should enter through Door #1 between 7:30 and 7:45 am. Students will not be allowed in the building after 8:00 am. Parents are not allowed in the building.
Confirming Your Test Site
Notifications were sent on Friday, January 26, through the online system confirming your test site.
In case of inclement weather and the closure of school buildings on February 3, 2018, the test will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2018, at the same time and same location.
Testing Accommodations for Student With Formal Education Plans
Testing accommodations are available for students who require accommodations (e.g., IEP, 504, Limited English Proficient Student Assessment Participation Plan (LSAPP), or other formal educational plan).
Students who attend public school in a participating school division must have an IEP, 504 plan, or LSAPP that addresses testing accommodations in order to receive testing accommodations on the TJHSST Test.
If your child requires testing accommodations, you must notify the TJHSST Admissions Office prior to test day. You will need to complete a Request for Accommodations through the TJHSST Admissions Online Application System. Include copies of the portion of the IEP, 504 plan, LSAPP, or other formal written education plans that address testing accommodations.
After you have submitted the required paperwork, the Admissions Office will contact you to confirm the testing accommodation and test date for the applicant. Most testing with accommodations are provided on the primary test day.
Alternate Test Date - Religious
If your child cannot attend the Saturday testing due to religious reasons, you will need to complete a request for alternate testing through the TJHSST Admissions portal. Attach a copy of the required documentation, including an official clergy letter. The Admissions Director will contact you to confirm the alternate test date for the applicant.
Alternate Test Date - Exceptional Circumstance
An alternate test date may be provided only under exceptional circumstances. Family vacations and athletic contests are not exceptional circumstances that would allow an alternate test date. You will need to complete a request for alternate testing through the TJHSST Admissions portal. Include a copy of all supporting documentation. The completed request is due no later than one week following the release of decisions for semifinalists.
The Admissions Director will contact you to indicate whether or not the request is approved.
If you wish to request the alternate test date, you must notify the TJHSST Admissions Office as soon as possible in order to review your request.