SOL, AP & Final Exams

Page last updated 10/13/2022

SOL Testing

Students will be scheduled for SOL Testing later in the 2021-2022 school year. Students will receive a message via their FCPS Google email with their SOL testing schedule and other important information when it becomes available. Space and time are limited. Students must bring a picture ID, a few writing utensils, and their school laptop on each testing date.

Absent Students

Students who are absent from their SOL due to illness or family emergency will be rescheduled to test as soon as time and space permits. Students should return to Herndon prepared to take their missed SOL tests.

Expedited Retake Eligibility

Senior (Term Graduates) – Seniors are automatically eligible for an expedited retake regardless of non-passing score and may have a 3rd attempt if passing the test is necessary for graduation or for a particular diploma. Third attempts must be approved by the Office of Assessment and Reporting.

Underclass Students – Underclass students are automatically eligible for an expedited retake with a score of 375 and above. Underclass students with a score below 375 may receive an expedited retake for extenuating circumstances if approved by both Herndon High School and the Office of Assessment and Reporting. Remediation will be provided by each department for qualifying students before the retake exam.

Test Completion

Students may have as much time as they need to complete a SOL test as long as they are actively working on the test. All tests must be completed within the school day.

Cell Phone & Electronic Device Policy

Students are not permitted to have cell phones or electronic devices in their possession during testing and should make arrangements to secure them appropriately before testing. Students who are found with an electronic device, even if turned off, during testing or whose device makes noise during testing will not be permitted to finish testing and will not receive a score.

SOL Reminders for Students

  • Students should get a good night's sleep and eat breakfast/lunch before the test.
  • Students should not bring backpacks or electronic devices (including cell phones) into the testing room.
  • Students should bring pencils and a picture ID to the test. Calculators will be provided.


Alisa Shreve Assessment Coach 703-810-2473


HHS is hosting the SAT School Day for seniors on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. Information is available here.


Tenth and eleventh graders will be participating in the PSAT/NMSQT on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. Herndon High students do not need to register for the PSAT/NMSQT. We will share exam day schedules and additional details in the coming weeks.

AP Testing (2022)

Reference the College Board 2022 AP exam dates site for dates of AP Exams. Due to the FCPS Cultural and Religious Observance day on May 3rd, no AP exams will be administered on this day. The AP Environmental Science and AP Psychology exams will be administered on the late testing date of May 17th.  All 2022 AP exams will be taken in school and most will be taken in a paper/pencil format. 

AP students who do not complete the Opt-Out form in October and cancel an AP exam will be assessed a $40 cancellation fee by the College Board.  AP students who register for an AP exam after November 10th will be assessed a $40 late registration fee by the College Board. 

2021-22 AP/IB Test Opt-Out Timeline and Fees

As part of the FCPS FY 2022 Approved Budget, FCPS is continuing to assess Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) test fees. As in previous years, the fees for the first six AP/IB tests taken for courses in which students are enrolled for high school credit will be paid for by FCPS. Students taking AP tests without enrolling in the corresponding FCPS course are responsible for the test fee(s). 

FCPS encourages all students to take AP/IB tests for courses in which they are enrolled. However, 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. To assist in the decision-making process, students will be provided a report with their previous tests and current AP/IB course enrollment. AP/IB students must make Opt-Out decisions in October 2021 and parents will be billed a non-refundable test fee in December 2021 for tests that exceed the six FCPS funded tests. For the 2021-2022 school year, there will be no spring cancellation option for AP/IB exams.