Testing Information

Information related to SAT School Day, PSAT/NMSQT School Day, SAT Saturday testing, AP testing, WIDA, and End of the Year SOL testing will be posted here as it is finalized.

PSAT/NMSQT School Day on Thursday, October 29, 2020

The PSAT is a practice examination for the college entrance exam known as the SAT Reasoning Test. It measures critical thinking skills that are important for success in college, including critical reading, math problem-solving and writing skills. Taking the PSAT/NMSQT enables our students to get feedback about critical academic skills, seek information from colleges, enter scholarship competitions, practice for the SAT Reasoning Test, and initiate the college-planning process. 

  • Test Date: Thursday, October 29, 2020
    • Thursday, October 29 has been designated for asynchronous learning in FCPS high schools, so students who choose to take the PSAT/NMSQT will not miss synchronous learning time with their teachers.
  • Open to Juniors (11th Grade Students) only

Thursday, Oct 29 is an asynchronous day for students not taking the PSAT.  Teachers will assign work to students for the day, and students are not required to check in to class. 

PSAT Registration

PSAT Information

PSAT Accommodation Information

The final deadline for schools to submit accommodation requests is August 18, 2020.  Please see the PSAT notification letter linked below or contact Westfield’s SSD Coordinator, Becky Rice at @email for additional information. 

PSAT Payment Information

There is no fee for PSAT score reports for 11th Grade students.

PSAT Score Reports

Scores for the 2020 PSAT/NMSQT will be available in mid-December to early January.  Students will be able to view scores via College Board’s website at https://studentscores.collegeboard.org/home using their student ID or access code. Access codes will be emailed to student @fcpsschools.net  accounts prior to the score release date. Students who do not currently have a College Board online account will need to create one to view scores. Please see the College Board video tutorial for help accessing scores.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Q.  What is the PSAT/NMSQT test?

A. The PSAT is a practice SAT test and cannot be sent off to colleges and universities for application purposes. The PSAT/NMSQT version of the test (as opposed to the PSAT 8/9 or 10) is the official qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship. Learn more about the National Merit Scholarship here.

 

Q.  When/where is the PSAT/NMSQT for Westfield students?

A. The PSAT/NMSQT will be given on Thursday, October 29, 2020 at Westfield HS during the school day. Check-in will begin at 7:45 am. Doors close at 8:15 am.

This day will be an asynchronous school day for all high school students. Students will be notified of their testing location by email (fcpsschools.net accounts).  Encourage your child to check for updates through their school email after registration closes on October 9.

 

Q.  Do I have to register to take this test with the College Board? How much will it cost?

A. Yes, a student must have registered with Westfield in order to take the test unlike years past where registration was automatic. We will not accept walk-up registrations on the day of testing.

 

Q.  How long is the test?

A. The PSAT/NMSQT is normally 2 hours, 55 minutes long; however, students with College Board-approved extended time will test longer. Students testing with standard time should be done around 12:30 pm. Students testing with extended time will be emailed their testing time approximation closer to the testing date. If your child has College Board accommodations, please visit this site.

 

Q.  What should my student bring to school for the PSAT/NMSQT test? Please note: We are not able to loan out pencils or calculators to students due to health concerns.

  • A picture ID (can be last year’s school ID)
  • A mask that must be worn the entire time they are in the building.
  • Two or more No. 2 pencils- not mechanical
  • Graphing Calculator
  • Water and snacks. Snacks may be consumed during breaks. We request that snacks are peanut-free and carried in a clear Ziplock bag.
  • Personal Hand Sanitizer (not required)

 

Q. What is prohibited from testing?

A. Testers are not permitted to bring any electronic “smart” device such as a cell phone or wearable technology like a Smart Watch or Fitbit. Please leave these items at home.

 

Q. Is food permitted?

A.Fairfax County will be providing a grab and go breakfast and lunch option for students. Snacks are allowed to be eaten during scheduled breaks. We request that snacks are peanut-free and carried in a clear Ziplock bag.

 

Q. I said “yes” for school transportation on the Intent to Participate form. How do I know what time the bus will pick me up?

A.  If you indicated that you will need FCPS transportation, you will be receiving an email one-two days prior to testing regarding pick-up/drop off times as well as bus stop location.

 

Q.  How can my student prepare for the PSAT/NMSQT?

A. PSAT Student Guides which includes a practice test is linked above.  The College Board has also partnered with Khan Academy to provide online practice: Official PSAT® Practice. Please also visit the PSAT/NMSQT Terms and Conditions.

 

Q.  What procedures are being followed to ensure the safety of students?

A. SAT, ACT, and PSAT Health and Safety Protocols – Please read the information provided on this site. This page gives you information about how the procedures are being followed at schools to ensure safety of students and staff.

Testers will also be receiving an email through their fcpsschools.net accounts regarding the check-in process, entrance and testing room assignments, and what to bring (and what not to bring).

Parents/guardians are not permitted in the building and should remain in their cars. Only students who are taking an exam may wait in the check-in line.

We also ask that testers and families dropping students off do not socialize in the parking lot or in the building. Social distancing needs to be practiced at all times on the school property as well as mask wearing.

 

Q.  How can my student apply for testing accommodations for the PSAT?

A. The College Board’s deadline for PSAT accommodation requests was August 31st.  Any student who has College Board approved accommodations will receive the appropriate accommodations on test day.  Please be aware that students with an extended time accommodation will finish testing laterAdditionally, students testing with MP3 audio will test over 2 days. For questions about the College Board accommodation request process, please contact our SSD Coordinator, Becky Rice, at @email

 

Q.  When will my student receive PSAT/NMSQT scores?

A. Scores should be available online to students through their free College Board accounts in mid-December to early January.   Students can view scores via College Board at https://studentscores.collegeboard.org/home. Students who do not currently have a College Board account will need to create one to view scores.  Students should use their personal email (not fcpsschools.net accounts) to create their CB accounts as they may need access to these scores past being an FCPS student.

 

Q.  I have a question that is not listed above – who should I contact?

A. Please contact our Assessment Coach, Susan Fox at @email

SAT Testing

Westfield High School CEEB Code: 470406

Upcoming Dates: October 3, 2020, November 7, 2021, December 5, 2021, March 13, 2021, May 8, 2021, June 5, 2021

SAT Testing Coordinator: Shirley Turner, @email

SSD Coordinator: Becky Rice, @email

CHECK IN PROCEDURE FOR SATURDAY SAT (Oct 3)

  • Report to Westfield HS at 7:45 AM.  Students will access the building through different entrances.  There will be a check-in table outside the doors. Please always maintain the socially distance requirements of 6 feet in line.
    • Door 1 (front of school) for LAST NAMES A thru L
    • Door 14 (entrance is under an awning to the right of the front door) for LAST NAMES L THRU Z   
  • Each student must respond verbally to the Health Screening Questionnaire at door entrances before proceeding to the next check-in station for student verification.  Be sure to have a valid ID ready.  Check college board website for allowable forms of identification.  Student IDs from 2019-2020 are allowed.  Please remain at 6 ft distance in verification line.
  • Students are directed to their testing location after verification.  Hall monitors will assist you if needed.
  • Parents/guardians are not permitted in the building and should remain in their cars. Only students who are taking an exam may wait in the check-in line.
  • Walk-ins who are not pre-registered to test will be turned away. Schools are unable to accommodate walk-ins for exams under COVID-19 conditions.

WHAT STUDENT SHOULD BRING FOR THE EXAM

Exam sites are unable to provide materials for students.  Required Materials for test day

  • Student Identification (driver’s license or student school ID)
  • Test ticket
  • Mask   Note:  Masks are required to be worn at all times.

Students must provide their own mask, and it will be inspected prior to testing.

  • No. 2 pencils
  • Emergency contact information 

Students are permitted to bring the following materials

  • Hand sanitizers and/or wipes - May be taken into the exam room but must remain underneath the desk while the exam is underway
  • Approved calculator - Schools will not provide calculators on the day of testing.
  • Food/water - May be taken into the exam room but must remain underneath the desk while the exam is underway and may be accessed only during breaks, unless a specific accommodation allows otherwise.  Snacks will be eaten in the room but away from desk.
  • Bathroom breaks will be one at a time.

Prohibited Materials

Students may not handle or access a cell phone or electronic device at any time in the testing room or during break times. This includes smart watches, fitness bands, and any other devices with recording, internet, or communication capabilities.  All devices, including cell phones and wearable devices, must be turned off and placed out of sight.

There is further Health and Safety information on the FCPS website on testing/COVID

Study Resource

The College Board and the nonprofit Khan Academy® have teamed up to provide free, personalized SAT study resources for all students. Students who take any test in the SAT Suite of Assessments (SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, or PSAT 8/9) have access to video lessons and will receive personalized SAT study resources based on their test results. Khan Academy's world-class practice tools are free for all students and include:  

  • Thousands of practice questions, reviewed and approved by the College Board 
  • Four official SAT Practice Tests written by the College Board 
  • Personalized recommendations for instruction and practice to help students fill their knowledge gaps

SAT Registration Changes/Refunds

AP Testing

AP testing dates are set by College Board each year and can be found HERE.  For more information on AP Testing at Westfield High School click here.

Test Dates:

This calendar includes all AP tests being given at Westfield High School in 2021. For a complete AP test calendar, please follow this link:   https://professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/ap/about/dates.

Date

7:45 AM Student Arrival

11:45 AM Student Arrival

Monday, May 3

United States Government and Politics

Physics C: Mechanics

 

 

Tuesday, May 4

Calculus AB

Calculus BC

German Language and Culture

 

Human Geography

Wednesday, May 5

English Literature and Composition

Japanese Language/Culture

 

Physics 1: Algebra-Based

Thursday, May 6

United States History

Computer Science A

 

Friday, May 7

Chemistry

 

Spanish Literature and Culture

 

AP Studio Art Portfolios Due

 

AP Physics 2:Algebra-Based

Monday, May 10

French Language and Culture

 

World History: Modern

Macroeconomics

Tuesday, May 11

Seminar

 

Spanish Language and Culture

Latin

 

Psychology

Wednesday, May 12

English Language and Composition

Microeconomics

 

Music Theory

Thursday, May 13

Comparative Government and Politics

 

Computer Science Principles

 

Statistics

Friday, May 14

 Biology

Environmental Science

Late Exams and Conflicts:

May 18-21, 2021

  • Please note: Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) and Westfield have no control over the exam dates and times. They are set annually by College Board and cannot be changed. Late testing is not permitted unless approved by College Board. Please visit the following website for College Board-approved late testing policies: ttps://professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/ap/coordinate/late
  • If you have a conflict, you must talk with an AP coordinator about the reason for the conflict by March 1, 2021.  Notifying the AP Test Coordinators after this date may result in an additional fee. 

Attendance Form

The Attendance form must be filled out if a student is planning on leaving early or arriving late on a day they are taking an AP exam.  Forms will be available in the spring of 2021.

NEW INFORMATION REGARDING ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) EXAMS

 If you are planning to take an AP course this year, please take a moment to read this important information as exam opt out deadlines and fees have changed for this school year.

FCPS will pay the fees for the first six AP tests taken by each student for courses in which they are also enrolled for high school credit.  

Students who choose to take one or more AP tests beyond the six FCPS-funded tests will be charged a fee of:

  • $95 per AP exam - Parents or guardians will be billed in December 2020 for AP/IB test fees. Note that each test fee is sent as a separate invoice with a unique invoice number and test number.

OPT-OUT INFORMATION AND AP EXAM FEES:

Exam Opt-Out and Ordering timeline:

While FCPS encourages all students to take AP tests for courses in which they are enrolled, students will have the opportunity to opt-out of the test(s) by filling out an opt-out form to be provided by the school. However, it is important to note the following:

  • Students will receive their AP opt-out form with their cumulative FCPS AP test history in early October to their student email account.   If a student chooses to opt-out of an AP exam, the form must be returned to Sonya Williams via email (@email) by October 23rd. NO EXCEPTIONS. Once this deadline has passed, FCPS will invoice families through My School Bucks in December.

Fees for AP exams not funded by FCPS (Exams 7+)

Students enrolled in an AP course and registered for the exam may receive a refund if they drop the course prior to March 1, or by requesting to cancel an AP exam by March 1. After March 1, AP test fees will be nonrefundable. Unpaid fees will revert to student financial obligations.

College Board Registration

All students enrolled in an AP course and those unenrolled students planning to take an AP exam must have a College Board account and be enrolled in their course section on the College Board website.  This process will be completed in class with the teacher or AP Test Coordinators within the first month of school.

If you need an additional resource for AP exam fees and procedures, please visit the link to the FCPS FAQ’s regarding this information: https://www.fcps.edu/testfees-questions

AP Registration for Non-Enrolled Exam Takers

  • The registration deadline for non-enrolled test takers is Friday, October 30th 
  • Cost is $95 per exam and due before an exam will be ordered for the student.
  • The payment for these test(s) will be a separate billing process from students enrolled in AP/IB courses.
  • These test(s) will not count towards their six FCPS-funded tests.
  • Registration Form
  • Homeschool students must provide their signed acknowledgement letter to the school

Considerations for Non-Enrolled Exam Takers

  • There are no refunds if the student does not sit for the exam for any reason.
  • All efforts will be made to have students take their AP exams at their base school. However, specialized exams and space limitations may require students to test at another test location. If the student must travel to a testing site, transportation is not provided.

AP Exam Coordinators:

Jennifer Fargo, 703-488-6599, @email 

Nicole Shaw, 703-488-6373, @email