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Page last updated August 2023

PSAT/NMSQT - Wednesday, Octover 11, 2023

Tenth and eleventh graders will be completing the PSAT/NMSQT on Wednesday, October 11, 2023, at Herndon High School. Here are the general guidelines on what the PSAT/NMSQT test will look like at Herndon High School.  

Materials

Required Materials

On testing day, all students must bring the following materials that are required for taking the PSAT/NMSQT: 

  • Student ID that includes a picture of the student. This can be the following:
    • Herndon High School Picture ID (this year’s ID or last year’s ID is acceptable.
    • Driver’s License or State issued ID.
    • Passport
  • You do NOT need a testing ticket for this test.
  • No. 2 pencils that are not mechanical in nature- please not that pens are not allowed to complete the test and pencils will NOT be available.
  • Emergency contact information – a piece of paper or index card that contains your name and the name of a contact, including their phone number in case of emergency.

Permitted Materials

Students are permitted to bring the following materials. 

  • Approved calculator - Schools will not provide calculators on the day of testing. Further details regarding approved calculators can be found here. 
  • Food/water – Food and water are allowed in the exam room but must remain underneath the desk during the exam period. It can only be accessed outside of the testing room during breaks unless a specific accommodation allows otherwise.

Prohibited Materials

Students are prohibited from using any electronic device while in the testing room and during breaks from the time that they are entering the building until they are dismissed at the end of the testing session.  to use the following materials in the testing room and during breaks. 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.

Testing Room Assignments/General Testing Day Information

Students and families should receive their testing room assignment via email no later than Friday, October 6, 2023.

Additional information on the PSAT/ NMSQT can be found in the PSAT/ NMSQT Student Guide. Hard copies of this document are available in the Student Services office.

Breakfast will be available in the cafeteria before the test like on standard school days.

Once you are dismissed, grab and go lunch will be available for purchase and busses will be running all normal routes at 12:55 PM.

Please make sure you are in your test room no later than 8:10 AM on Wednesday, October 11, 2023.

Transportation

FCPS transportation will be available for all students participating in the PSAT/NMSQT. Regular bus routes will be provided in the morning and after the early release. If there are students who require alternate arrangements due to testing accommodations will be contacted directly by Dr. Gussow, Assessment Coach at Herndon High School.

PSAT Pre-Survey

Students will see at the beginning of the exam session a voluntary pre-survey that asks questions about a variety of topics. Parents/Guardians have the right to opt out of this pre-survey for your student and can view the pre-survey questions along with additional information on the SAT and PSAT Pre-Survey Opt-Out Policy webpage.

If you choose to opt your student out of the pre-survey, please contact our Assessment CoachDr. Karl Gussow by Friday, September 22, 2023, and include your student’s full legal name and FCPS ID number in the E-Mail. Please remind your student that they should not answer the pre-survey questions at the beginning of the test.

Resources To Prepare for PSAT/NMSQT Test

To help students review for the PSAT/NMSQT test before the exam date, here are resources that they can use:

Student Scores

Students will receive 2023 October scores in November 2023. Directions on how to access scores and score release dates are published by College Board via the College Board website.

Schedule and Logistics for Exam Day

FCPS Leadership approved Wednesday, October 11 (A Day) as an “unscheduled day” for grade 9-12 students who are not participating in PSAT/NMSQT or SAT assessments or specific services. In general:

  • Students receiving Category B special education services receive a normal instructional program. 
  • Grade 9 students do not attend school this day. 
  • Grade 10-11 students take the PSAT/NMSQT, with limited exceptions.  Attendance will be taken for 10th and 11th graders. 
  • Grade 12 students are encouraged to participate in the SAT; those choosing not to take the SAT do not attend school this day.
  • October 11 is a 2-hour early release day for high schools and secondary schools. 
  • PSAT/NMSQT administration begins in the morning, according to regular school start times.  
  • High school academy courses are not held on October 11; high school academy staff will support base school activities, and all high school shuttles are canceled on this date.
  • FCPS transportation is available to all students. 
  • Breakfast and lunch will be provided for students. Schools may choose to offer these as grab and go options.

If you have further questions about the PSAT/NMSQT testing process, you can contact our Assessment Coach, Dr. Karl Gussow.

SAT School Day - Wednesday, October 11, 2023

The SAT School Day will be held at Herndon High School on Wednesday, October 11, 2023, for 12th graders. Students were required to register for the exam by September 6, 2023. FCPS will cover the cost for any twelfth-grade student to take this test. The essay option and subject area tests are not available during SAT School Day. 

Materials

Required Materials

On testing day, all students must bring the following materials that are required for taking the SAT: 

  • Student ID that includes a picture of the student. This can be the following:
    • Herndon High School Picture ID (this year’s ID or last year’s ID is acceptable.
    • Driver’s License or State issued ID.
    • Passport
  • You do NOT need a testing ticket for this test.
  • No. 2 pencils that are not mechanical in nature- please not that pens are not allowed to complete the test and pencils will NOT be available.
  • Emergency contact information – a piece of paper or index card that contains your name and the name of a contact, including their phone number in case of emergency.

Permitted Materials

Students are permitted to bring the following materials. 

  • Approved calculator - Schools will not provide calculators on the day of testing. Further details regarding approved calculators can be found here. 
  • Food/water – Food and water are allowed in the exam room but must remain underneath the desk during the exam period. It can only be accessed outside of the testing room during breaks unless a specific accommodation allows otherwise.

Prohibited Materials

Students are prohibited from using any electronic device while in the testing room and during breaks from the time that they are entering the building until they are dismissed at the end of the testing session.  to use the following materials in the testing room and during breaks. 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.

Testing Room Assignments/General Testing Day Information

Students and families should receive their testing room assignment via email no later than Friday, October 6, 2023.

More information regarding the SAT School Day can be found in the SAT School Day Student Guide. Hard copies of this document are available in the Student Services office.

Breakfast will be available in the cafeteria before the test like on standard school days.

Once you are dismissed, grab and go lunch will be available for purchase and busses will be running all normal routes at 12:55 PM.

Please make sure you are in your test room no later than 8:10 AM on Wednesday, October 11, 2023.

SAT School Day Pre-Survey

Students will see at the beginning of the exam session a voluntary pre-survey that asks questions about a variety of topics. Parents/Guardians have the right to opt out of this pre-survey for your student and can view the pre-survey questions along with additional information on the SAT and PSAT Pre-Survey Opt-Out Policy webpage.

If you choose to opt your student out of the pre-survey, please contact our Assessment CoachDr. Karl Gussow by Friday, October 6, 2023, and include your student’s full legal name and FCPS ID number in the E-Mail. Please remind your student that they should not answer the pre-survey questions at the beginning of the test.

Student Scoring

Please note that the Common App early decision deadline is November 1, 2023; however, SAT school day scores are also scheduled to post on November 1, 2023.  Therefore, students who are applying for early decision should consider registering for an SAT weekend administration.

Directions on how to access scores and score release dates are published by College Board via the College Board website. SAT scores will be added to the Student Information System (SIS) Test history by the end of first semester.

Resources To Prepare for the SAT Test

To help students review for the SAT test before the exam date, here are resources that they can use:

Schedule and Logistics for Exam Day

FCPS Leadership approved Wednesday, October 11 (A Day) as an “unscheduled day” for grade 9-12 students who are not participating in PSAT/NMSQT or SAT assessments or specific services. In general:

  • Students receiving Category B special education services receive a normal instructional program. 
  • Grade 9 students do not attend school this day. 
  • Grade 10-11 students take the PSAT/NMSQT, with limited exceptions.  Attendance will be taken for 10th and 11th graders. 
  • Grade 12 students are encouraged to participate in the SAT; those choosing not to take the SAT do not attend school this day.
  • October 11 is a 2-hour early release day for high schools and secondary schools. 
  • PSAT/NMSQT administration begins in the morning, according to regular school start times.  
  • High school academy courses are not held on October 11; high school academy staff will support base school activities, and all high school shuttles are canceled on this date.
  • FCPS transportation is available to all students. 
  • Breakfast and lunch will be provided for students. Schools may choose to offer these as grab and go options.

If you have further questions about SAT School Day, you can contact our Assessment Coach, Dr. Karl Gussow.

SAT Testing (Saturdays)

SAT Test Registration

When you register for the SAT online, please make sure that you are using the School Test Code for Herndon High School (School Test Code: CEEB 471065) as this is the College Entrance Examination Board number.

Testing Dates at Herndon High School

The SAT test will be conducted at Herndon High School for the 2023-2024 school year on the following dates:

  • August 26, 2023
  • October 7, 2023
  • November 4, 2023
  • December 2, 2023
  • March 9, 2024
  • May 4, 2024
  • June 1, 2024

As a reminder, the College Board will be transitioning to digital testing for the SAT test starting with the March 2024 test administration date. The last paper and pencil test for the SAT test will be administered in December 2023.

Materials

Required Materials

On testing day, all students must bring the following materials that are required for taking the SAT: 

  • Student ID that includes a picture of the student. Electronic pictures are not acceptable. Acceptable ID can be the following:
    • Herndon High School Picture ID (this year’s ID or last year’s ID is acceptable. If you are not a Herndon High School student, please bring your current school picture ID.
    • Driver’s License or State issued ID.
    • Non-Expired Passport
  • College Board Test Ticket – Please make sure that the picture on the test ticket will allow for clear identification. The test ticket must include the registration number and be a hard copy. Electronic devices showing the text ticket are not acceptable.
  • No. 2 pencils that are not mechanical in nature- please note that pens are not allowed to complete the test and pencils will NOT be available.

Permitted Materials

Students are permitted to bring the following materials. 

  • Approved calculator - Schools will not provide calculators on the day of testing. Further details regarding approved calculators can be found here. 
  • Food/water – Food and water are allowed in the exam room but must remain underneath the desk during the exam period. It can only be accessed outside of the testing room during breaks unless a specific accommodation allows otherwise.

Prohibited Materials

Students are prohibited from using any electronic device while in the testing room and during breaks from the time that they are entering the building until they are dismissed at the end of the testing session.  to use the following materials in the testing room and during breaks. 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 will be collected by the test proctor.
  • It is highly recommended that you do not bring any electronic device into the building!!

Test Optional Colleges and Universities

Lists of colleges and universities that make SAT/ACT scores optional for admissions.

For questions about the day of the test, contact our site coordinator Sharon Bowen. Arrival time is printed on your test ticket.

WorkKeys(R) Assessments

What are WorkKeys® Tests?

The Virginia Department of Education has approved ACT WorkKeys® assessments as substitutes for certain graduation requirements. Starting with the 2023-2024 school year, Herndon High School will be using the Business Writing WorkKeys® for students in need of earning a writing verified credit for the following reasons:

  • The Business Writing WorkKeys® format is closely aligned with Virginia EOC English: Writing Standards of Learning, which serve as the framework for English 9, 10, and 11 course curricula.
  • Business Writing WorkKeys® results report with a span of three days, which allows students to remediate faster than if they completed the Writing SOL where results can take four to six weeks to report. (A score of 3 or higher is needed to pass).
  • Business Writing WorkKeys® test windows are more frequent (mostly monthly) which allows for more chances for success while juniors, there is only one Writing SOL window in March or in the fall for a retest should a student not be successful.
  • In most cases, the Business Writing WorkKeys® occurs in class and within a class period whereas the Writing SOL spans two days of testing, impacting student class schedules.

Are there other WorkKeys® Tests?

  • The Workplace Documents test may be used as a substitute for the SOL EOC English: Reading Test. (Score of 4 or higher is required.). Please note that the Reading SOL test must be completed before the Workplace Documents tests can be given.
  • The Workplace DocumentsApplied Math, and Graphic Literacy tests can be used to earn the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC), which fulfills the industry credential requirement for students who entered ninth grade for the first time prior to 2018-2019 and are scheduled to graduate by June 2022 with a standard diploma. (Score of 3 or higher on each test is required.)

For more information, you can refer to the following information from ACT.

If you have questions about WorkKeys® Tests, you can contact our Assessment Coach, Dr. Karl Gussow.

WIDA Testing

What is WIDA Testing?

Current federal legislation requires that all English learners (ELs) participate annually in an English language proficiency assessment.  In the state of Virginia, all divisions use the WIDA Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State to State for English Language Learners®2.0 (ACCESS for ELLs® 2.0) to monitor students' progress in acquiring academic English.  ACCESS for ELLs® 2.0 is administered annually to all kindergarten ELs and all students in grades 1-12 with an English language proficiency (ELP) level of 1-5. 

ACCESS for ELLs® 2.0 is aligned with the WIDA English language development standards and assesses the four language domains of listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  The assessment will:

  • Determine students’ English language proficiency level and eligibility for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) services and testing accommodations.
  • Help students and families understand students’ current level of ELP along the developmental continuum.
  • Provide teachers with information they can use to plan for and support student learning.
  • Assist in determining whether ELs have attained the language proficiency needed to participate meaningfully in content area classrooms without ESOL support.

Students participate annually in the ACCESS for ELLs® 2.0, even if ESOL services are declined, until they reach the criteria for ELP level 6 and are designated English proficient.

This year, the ACCESS for ELLs® 2.0, the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs®, or the ELP Checklists will be given in our school from Monday, February 5, 2024, to Thursday, March 14, 2024. Students will receive their testing schedule via E-Mail during the third week of January 2024. It will be helpful if you can avoid appointments which may take your child out of school during this time.  Also, it will help your child perform his or her best if he or she has had a good night’s rest, a healthy breakfast, and comes to school with a positive attitude.

Additional information can be found on the FCPS ELP Assessment Parent Notification - WIDA and WIDA Screener page. If you have questions about WIDA testing, please contact your student’s school counselor or our Assessment Coach, Dr. Karl Gussow.

SOL Testing

2023-24 SOL Information

Herndon High School students will be taking one or more Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course (EOC) assessments between April and May 2024. All students will receive their testing schedule and other important information via school E-Mail in April 2024. However, there will be students who may take an SOL test either in September or December of 2023 if they either missed an SOL test or were not successful on a prior SOL test during the last school year.

All SOL assessments are taken in-person at school. If you become aware of an unavoidable conflict that could result in your student missing a testing day, please notify your student’s school as soon as possible. 

Federal law requires schools to provide students in grades 9-12 one SOL test in Reading, Mathematics, and Science. These assessments provide information about student achievement to the parent/guardian, school, division, and state.

State law requires students to verify credits to fulfill Standard and Advanced Studies diploma graduation requirements, as outlined on the Graduation Requirements and Course Planning webpage. SOL tests are the most common way students earn the verified credits they need. However, performance assessments (social studies only) or substitute assessments approved by the Virginia Board of Education may be another option available for your student to verify certain credits. 

SOL tests for content areas
Content Area Test
Mathematics
  • Algebra 1
  • Algebra 2
  • Geometry
Science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
English
  • Reading
Social Studies
  • Virginia and U.S. History
  • World History 1
  • World History 2

A SOL High School Assessment Frequently Asked Questions webpage provides more information about SOL EOC tests in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). If you do not want your student to participate in SOL assessments, you have the right to refuse testing. However, any decision to refuse SOL tests should be made in consultation with school staff to allow full consideration of any potential implications for on-time graduation. The Right to Refuse Assessments webpage offers important information as you consider this decision. 

If you would like to read this message in a preferred language, please view this website.

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. Students must attend remediation sessions with their teacher before completing a third attempt. Third attempts must be approved by the Office of Assessment and Reporting.

Underclass Students – Underclass students may be eligible for an expedited retake with a score of 350 and above. Students must attend remediation sessions with their teacher before completing an expedited retake.

Test Completion

Students may have as much time as they need to complete a SOL test if 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 plan 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.

In most cases, SOL assessment results are available in the Student Information System (SIS) ParentVUE within about three months. If you have questions about SOL testing, please contact your student’s school counselor or our Assessment Coach, Dr. Karl Gussow.

AP Placement Exams Testing Dates

AP Testing Calendar for Herndon HS, Spring 2024
Date Tests/Time

5/6/2024 (Black Day)

  • U.S. Government - 8:00 AM

5/7/2024 (Red Day)

  • Microeconomics - 8:00 AM
  • Human Geography - 8:00 AM
  • Statistics - 12:00 PM

5/8/2024 (Black Day)

  • English Lit & Composition - 8:00 AM
  • Comparative Gov. - 12:00 PM
  • Computer Science - 12:00 PM

5/9/2024 (Red Day)

  • Environmental Science - 8:00 AM
  • Psychology - 12:00 PM

5/10/2024 (Black Day)

  • U.S. History - 8:00 AM
  • Macroeconomics - 12:00 PM
  • Art & Design Portfolio (Due) - 8:00 PM
5/13/2024 (Red Day)
  • Calculus AB - 8:00 AM
  • Calculus BC - 8:00 AM
5/14/2024 (Black Day)
  • English Lang & Composition - 8:00 AM
  • Physics C: Mechanics - 12:00 PM
5/15/2024 (Red Day)
  • French Lang & Culture - 8:00 AM
  • World Hisotry - 8:00 AM
  • Comp Sci Principles - 12:00 AM
  • Music Theory - 12:00 AM
5/16/2024 (Black Day)
  • Spanish Lang & Culture - 8:00 AM
  • Biology - 12:00 PM
5/17/2024 (Red Day)
  • Physics 1: Algebra Based - 8:00 AM

 

 

 

Herndon HS AP Exam FAQs

What if a student has issues with their College Board account?

Students will login to their College Board account

Herndon High School is not able to assist with a student’s College Board account. If there are issues in accessing a College Board account, you can refer to the help page for assistance or by contacting the College Board at 888-225-5427.

Is there other information that a student needs to know about AP testing at Herndon High School? 

Students will receive information sometime in late April/ early May 2024 with details about May AP Exams. This will include specific locations for their tests.

Am I able to sign up for an AP Exam for a class that I am not taking at Herndon High School?

Since the deadline to sign up for an AP Exam will be in late October, we will post information on registration as soon as it is available. 

Do I need to pay for the AP exams I'm taking?  

The fees for the first six AP tests taken by each student for courses in which they are enrolled for high school credit will be paid by FCPS. The letter you will receive in October will detail testing and fees. Any exams students take beyond the six FCPS-funded tests will be charged a fee through MySchoolBucks later in this school year. 

How do I opt out of an AP exam? 

The opt-out deadline will be in late October 2023 and information on how to opt-out of 2024 exams will be shared in October. If a student decides to opt-out of any additional exams must do so by November 1, 2023, to avoid paying any fees.

What time do AP tests start? 

Morning AP Exams begin at 8:00 am and students should arrive no later than 7:45 am. Most morning exams are completed by 12:00 pm. Students taking an exam in the afternoon should report no later than 11:30 a.m. for their exam. Afternoon exams typically run to about 4:00 pm, and student transportation will need to be provided by student or parent.

If a student is taking an exam in both the morning and the afternoon, he or she will have a brief break in between to eat lunch. 

Students who arrive after the test has started will not be admitted.

What if I’m sick on test day? 

Students should make all efforts to take AP tests on the College Board scheduled day. If students are extremely ill on the day of the test and unable to make it to school, they need to contact Shannon Kamenick Counselor/AP Testing Coordinator 703-810-2424  on the morning of the test. A note is required to take a late test, and failure to provide documentation forfeits your right to take a late exam; there are no exceptions.

What if I get caught in traffic and run late on the day of the test? 

Unfortunately, once the test has started, students will not be admitted. Make sure that your travel plans include being early for the test, so this is a non-issue. A late test cannot be given for this situation.

Can I have my cell phone with me on the day of my test? 

No. Leave your cell phone. You will not be able to use it and it might result in an irregularity on test day; this could include your score being invalidated.

What else should I leave at home or in my locker?

  • Students should not have any of the following with them on test day:
  • Electronic devices – iPods, MP3 players, digital cameras, cell phones
  • Extra materials – books, compasses, mechanical pencils, correction fluid, colored pencils, pencil cases.
  • Backpacks.
  • Tissue boxes.
  • Rulers and straightedges (this will be provided on the AP Physics exam).
  • Scratch paper.
  • Watches that beep or have an alarm.
  • Portable listening devices or recording devices (even with headphones and even if you’re done with a section early).
  • Food or drink (including water bottles).
  • Computers – if you use a word processor as an accommodation, it will be provided by the school. You may not bring your own.
  • Calculators (unless taking AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Physics 1, Physics C-Mech, Physics C-E&M, or Statistics). Visit the most current list of AP-approved calculators on the College Board student site.
  • Clothing with subject-related information

How do I apply for College Board Accommodations for my student?  Students who have an IEP or 504 do not automatically have College Board accommodations. Paperwork must be submitted to Herndon by December 8, 2023, to allow for processing prior to the College Board deadline; however, we encourage students to submit paperwork as early as possible. All paperwork is to be given to Drew Murphyspecial education department chair and Matt Dell’Orso, IEP/504 Coordinator.

Processing for accommodations can take between 7-12 weeks, so we must have the paperwork in by December 8, 2023, to process before AP Testing in May.