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FLORIDA COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT TEST- FCAT (Graduation Requirement)

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) - In June 1995, the Florida Board of Education adopted this system of assessment to measure the first four standards of Goal 3 in Florida’s School Improvement Plan. This program measures high-level, challenging standards in the areas of reading and mathematics for fourth, fifth, eighth, and tenth grade students. REQUIRED FOR GRADUATON. The FCAT Reading and Math is given in March. Students who have been unsuccessful at the 10th grade level may retake the test in October, March or June.

 

FCAT WRITING ASSESSMENT TEST

 In order to improve statewide assessment in Florida and test higher-order skills, the 1990 Florida legislature mandated the assessment of student writing. This program is now part of the FCAT testing program. This program assesses the writing proficiency of all fourth, eighth, and tenth graders. FCAT Writing is given in February. Required for graduation for students graduating in 2010 and beyond.

 

PRELIMINARY SCHOLASTIC APTITUDE TEST/NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP QUALIFYING TEST PSAT

 The PSAT is a multiple-choice test that measures verbal and mathematical reasoning abilities. This test gives students the opportunity to qualify for such programs as the National Merit Achievement Scholarship and National Hispanic Awards. The PSAT also helps students assess their verbal and math skills, practice for the SAT, and predict possible SAT scores. The test is given once a year in October. Because of a partnership between the state of Florida and the College Board, all 10th graders will take the PSAT at no charge. There is a small fee for 9th and 11th graders to take this test. 11th grade students who take the test may be eligible for scholarship programs.

 

ADVANCED PLACEMENT- AP

This test is given at the completion of an Advanced Placement course. These classes are rigorous and require work beyond the classroom. The exam is administered in May, and results are mailed to the home, high school and specified colleges. Most colleges accept AP credit, but the student should verify each school’s policies.