||The best preparation for taking standardized tests is consistent work in academic courses. We also strongly emphasize the importance of reading EVERY day.
Please also remember that these tests do not give data on motivation, self-discipline, concern for others, sense of humor, and all the other important qualities of the heart and mind that make you a unique individual.
||FCAT and EOCs
The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test® (FCAT) began in 1998 as part of Florida's overall plan to increase student achievement by implementing higher standards. When in full implementation, the FCAT was administered to students in grades 3-11 and consisted of criterion-referenced assessments in mathematics, reading, science, and writing, which measured student progress toward meeting the Sunshine State Standards (SSS) benchmarks. During the 2010-11 school year, Florida began the transition from the FCAT to the FCAT 2.0 and Florida End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments. Selected grades and subjects will continue to participate in FCAT assessments until the final transition is complete. In the 2011-12 school year, only FCAT Writing and FCAT Reading and Mathematics Retake assessments will be administered.
The FCAT 2.0 measures student achievement of the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards. The transition from the FCAT to the FCAT 2.0 will be phased in, with 2011 FCAT 2.0 Reading and Mathematics being the first assessments to begin this transition. FCAT 2.0 Science will be administered to students for the first time in the spring of 2012, and the writing assessment will continue to be administered through 2014.
The Florida EOC Assessments are part of Florida's Next Generation Strategic Plan for the purpose of increasing student achievement and improving college and career readiness. EOC assessments are computer-based, criterion-referenced assessments that measure the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for specific courses, as outlined in their course descriptions. The first assessment to begin the transition to end-of-course testing in Florida was the 2011 Algebra 1 EOC Assessment. Biology 1 and Geometry EOC Assessments will be administered for the first time in May 2012. There are plans to implement additional EOC assessments in U.S. History and Civics.
2013-2014 Assessment Calendar
With resources for parents and teachers, the FCAT Explorer helps students learn about and practice the skills tested on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT).
||Osceola Fundamental High School’s CEEB Code is:
1 0 1 5 9 7
The PSAT/NMSQT will be administered to all 9th and 10th graders on Wednesday, October 16th, 2013.
11th Grade students wishing to take the test will be required to pay a $15.00 fee. The College Board provides a limited number of fee waivers for students in 11th Grade from low-income families who can't afford the test fee. See Mrs. McDaniel in guidance for more information about PSAT fee waivers.
Students taking the PSAT/NMSQT will be able to take advantage of MyRoad -- the College Board's online majors, college, and career exploration program. MyRoad is one of the newest resources to be included with the PSAT/NMSQT. With your individual College Board account, you will be able to access MyRoad's wealth of major and career information, search for colleges, take a personality-type assessment, and get exclusive, first-hand perspectives from students and professionals currently working in their respective disciplines and fields.
Students also gain access to My College QuickStart, which provides students with personalized feedback, practice and college planning based on their PSAT/NMSQT results.
Taking the PSAT is also the only way students can qualify for a National Merit Scholarship. The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) –- a test which serves as an initial screen of more than 1.5 million entrants each year –- and by meeting published program entry/participation requirements.
Test Date Test Registration Deadline
Regular / Late
October 5, 2013 SAT & Subject Tests Sep. 6 / Sep. 20
November 2, 2013 SAT & Subject Tests Oct. 3 / Oct. 18
December 7, 2013 SAT & Subject Tests Nov. 8 / Nov. 22
January 25, 2014 SAT & Subject Tests Dec. 27 / Jan. 10
March 8, 2014 SAT only Feb. 7 / Feb. 21
May 3, 2014 SAT & Subject Tests Apr. 4 / Apr. 18
June 7, 2014 SAT & Subject Tests May 9 / May 23
SAT Reasoning Test $51.00
SAT Subject Tests $24.50 Basic Registration Fee
add $24.00 Language Tests with Listening
add $13.00 All other Subject Tests
Register by phone add $15.00
Change test, test date, or test center fee add $27.50
Late registration add $27.50
Waitlist fee add $44.50
*Test and registration fees are not refundable
High school students in the United States or U.S. territories, including Puerto Rico, who cannot afford to pay the test fees are eligible. Only your counselor or authorized agency can grant you a fee waiver. If you are a home-schooled student, you must provide proof of eligibility to your local high school, agency fee-waiver administrator or counselor. Fee waivers are not available through the College Board. Four total waivers are available — two for the SAT and two for the SAT Subject Tests. SAT Subject Test fee waivers can be used any time from 9th grade through graduation. SAT fee waivers can be used from 11th grade through graduation. See Ms. Polizzi in guidance for more information about SAT fee waivers.
Scores are available online and by phone two to three weeks after the test date. Official score reports are mailed about five weeks after the test. Some scores may take longer to report.
Test Date Registration Deadline Late Fee Required
September 21, 2013 August 13 Aug. 4 - Sept. 6
October 26, 2013 September 27 Sept. 28 - Oct. 11
December 14, 2013 November 8 November 9 - 22
February 8, 2014 January 10 January 11 - 24
April 12, 2014 March 7 March 8 - 21
June 14, 2014 May 9 May 10 - 23
ACT (No Writing) $36.50
ACT Plus Writing $52.50
Late fee add $23.00
Standby testing add $45.00
Change fee add $22.00
If you are a high school junior or senior and can't afford the registration fee for the ACT (No Writing) or ACT Plus Writing, you may be eligible for an ACT Fee Waiver. If you are eligible, you may use a maximum of two fee waivers total. The waiver is used once you register, even if you do not test on the requested test date. Fee waivers cover only the basic registration fee for your test option, including up to four college choices (if you provide valid codes when you register). Waivers do not cover the late registration fee, test date or test center changes, standby fee, or any other services. You cannot request a fee waiver directly from ACT; you must contact your high school counselor. If you receive an ACT Fee Waiver Form, follow the "Student Directions" on it for your registration method (or if requesting Special Testing). Note: If you register online, and register during the late period or request any additional services, you must enter a credit card to pay those fees before submitting your registration. See Ms. Polizzi in Guidance for more information about ACT fee waivers.
Score reports are normally mailed within 3-8 weeks after the test date. If you take the ACT Plus Writing, your report will be mailed when all your scores, including Writing, are available, normally within 5-8 weeks after the test date.
The only test preparation program designed exclusively by ACT test development professionals is now online! Here's what you will find in ACT Online Prep:
* Practice tests with real ACT test questions
* Practice essays for the new optional ACT Writing Test, with real-time scoring
* Comprehensive content review for each of the ACT's four required tests—English, Math, Reading, and Science
* Diagnostic test and personalized Study Path
* Anywhere, anytime access via the Internet
Proven effective in raising student test scores, testGEAR online test prep courses levels the playing field by providing every student with the practice they need to achieve test excellence on the SAT, PSAT and ACT. Available from school and from home, testGEAR broadens access to every student in a cost-effective way, helping to encourage greater parental involvement in the test preparation process.
testGEAR identifies students' weaknesses with an initial diagnostic assessment that prescribes a customized, standards aligned curriculum that strengthens content skills, introduces test taking strategies and builds confidence so students can walk into their exams feeling well-prepared.
||SAT vs. ACT
The guidance department recommends the following:
- Take the SAT and ACT in the spring of your junior year; retake them during the fall of your senior year if necessary.
- Take SAT Subject Tests in June of junior year, December of senior year, or the terminal year of the subject, e.g., biology at the end of sophomore year.
- Subject Tests commonly recommended:
- A subject in which you feel qualified
- A foreign language, if placement or meeting college requirements is possible
||PERT (formerly CPT)
The PERT assesses readiness for college-level coursework in English and mathematics. There are three subject area tests – reading, writing, and mathematics. A student’s scores determine appropriate course placement upon entering college.
Effective August 27, 2012 students will have a total of two P.E.R.T. attempts while in high school and two new attempts after graduation. Remediation will be required prior to the 2nd attempt.
To prepare for this test you can review sample test questions or download the PERT Study Guide.
Study guides containing more in-depth review materials to prepare for either college placement test are available for: Reading comprehension, Sentence skills, Math, Algebra.
Take the Test
You may take the PERT at one of SPC's Test Centers during the hours listed. The test is computerized and is not timed, however, it usually takes approximately 3 1/2 hours to complete. If you are taking either test for the first time, you do not need to pay a fee.
On the day of the test, bring your:
Valid, photo ID
SPC student ID number
Food, drink, all electronic devices and all other materials are not permitted in the test room.
If you have a disability and require testing accommodations beyond extended time (test is not timed), contact Disability Resources to make arrangements for accommodations.
Test Date Test
Be sure to check out the AP credit policy of the colleges and universities you are applying to.
May 5 Chemistry (8 AM)
Environmental Science (8 AM)
Psychology (12 PM)
May 6 Spanish Language (8 AM)
Art History (12 PM)
May 7 Calculus AB (8 AM)
Calculus BC (8 AM)
May 8 English Literature and Composition (8 AM)
May 9 English Language and Composition (8 AM)
Statistics (12 PM)
Studio Art (portfolios due, 12 PM)
May 12 Biology (8 AM)
Music Theory (8 AM)
Physics (12 PM)
May 13 Human Geography (12 PM)
May 14 United States History (8 AM)
European History (12 PM)
May 15 Macroeconomics (8 AM)
World History (8 AM)
May 16 Comparative Government and Politics (8 AM)
*Dates are subject to change.
What to Bring:
* Several sharpened No. 2 pencils (with erasers) for all multiple-choice answer sheets.
* Black or dark-blue ballpoint pens for free-response questions in most exams.
* Your school code. (If you are a homeschooled student, you will be given a code at the time of the exam.)
* A watch (in case your exam room does not have a clock that you can see easily).
* Your social security number for identification purposes. (If you provide it, the number will appear on your AP Grade Reports.)
* An AP-authorized calculator if you're taking an AP Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Physics, or Statistics Exam.
* A ruler or straightedge if you're taking an AP Physics Exam.
* A photo I.D. if you do not attend the school where you are taking the exam.
What Not to Bring:
* Books, compasses, correction fluid, dictionaries, highlighters, or notes.
* Rulers and straightedges (except as noted above).
* Scratch paper (notes can be made on portions of the exam booklets).
* Typewriting equipment, computers (except as noted for students with disabilities), or calculators (except as noted above).
* Watches that beep or have an alarm.
* Portable listening or recording devices -- even with headphones -- or photographic equipment.
* Beepers, cellular phones, MP3 players, or personal digital assistants (PDAs).
* Clothing (t-shirts, for example) with subject-related information.
||FLVS AP Exam Reviews
Push the envelope on student success! Florida Virtual School now offers test reviews to prepare students for the spring AP Exams.
The reviews arm students with:
* Test taking strategies specific to the AP exams
* Real student work samples with explanations for graded entries
* Grading rubrics, along with opportunities to apply them to student work
In addition, students have access to:
* Practice tests
* Essay prompts
* Multiple-choice assessments
* Study resources
AP Test Reviews are available for the following AP courses:
* United States History
* Calculus AB
* English Language and Composition
* English Literature and Composition
* European History
* Spanish Language
* Art History
* US Government and Politics
Register now for AP Test Reviews; you will have access within 24 hours.
The ASVAB will be administered on a date to be determined. If you wish to take this test, please see Ms. Jackson in Guidance or Ms. Nolan in Student Services.
There is no fee for this test.