Advanced Placement: AP Tests
End of course exams are given at the completion of an Advanced Placement (AP) course in May. The results are mailed to the student’s home address, to the high school, and to the colleges the students select. Most major institutions grant credit for specific scores on AP exams, but the student should verify each university's policy.
The ACT is one of America's widely accepted college entrance exams. The test assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. The ACT is a multiple-choice tests covering four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science. The Writing Test, which is optional, measures skill in planning and writing a short essay. Students are encouraged to take the optional Writing subtest as some schools use it for placement purposes.
Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT)
Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) administers the FCAT twice during the year. The primary testing window takes place in the spring for all ninth and tenth graders, as well as eleventh and twelfth graders who have not attained a passing score. In October, eleventh and twelfth graders who have not earned passing scores on the FCAT or an alternative assessment are offered an additional opportunity with the FCAT.
A passing score on the FCAT Reading and Math are required for graduation in the state of Florida for all students who entered ninth grade in 2009 or before. Students who entered ninth grade in 2010 and beyond will be taking End of Course Exams (EOCs) in math and science, as determined by the Florida Legislature and the Florida Department of Education. See your counselor for more information.
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Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT)
The PERT test identifies appropriate course placement in reading, writing, and math based on Florida’s Postsecondary Readiness Competencies (PRCs). The PERT is offered at most community and state colleges, and all eleventh graders enrolled in Algebra II will take the exam in the spring of their eleventh grade year. Students planning to participate in the Valencia College Dual Enrollment program will need to take the exam at one of the Valencia campuses.
Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT)
The PSAT is multiple-choice exam that measures critical reading and mathematical reasoning abilities. Scores are used to predict SAT scores and potential success in AP courses. The scores help students focus on areas for practice prior to sitting for the SAT. The test is given to all tenth graders in Florida free of charge in October. All college-bound eleventh graders are encouraged to take the exam (cost applies for 11th graders) as results can qualify students for the National Merit, National Achievement or National Hispanic Scholarship Awards.
The SAT has three sections. Students will be tested in critical reading, math (through algebra II), and writing. Most students take the SAT in the spring of their eleventh grade year and then again in the fall of their twelfth grade year. More information is available on the collegeboard.org website. Students should see their counselor for more information.
SAT Subject Tests
The SAT Subject Tests are a series of one hour exams designed to measure a student's level of achievement in a particular subject. There are 20 SAT Subject Tests are available in five general subject areas: English, history, languages, mathematics, and science. Students should consult specific colleges to find out whether these exams are required and which test date is preferred. The tests are given on some of the same dates as the regular SAT, but a student cannot take both the SAT and an SAT Subject Test on the same day.