- Last Updated: 03 June 2016
Throughout your time at Fair Lawn High School, you will sit for several Standardized Tests. These tests are used for a myriad of reasons, from determining appropriate course level placement, to graduation requirements and college readiness. Read below for information on the various tests you can expect to take over the next 4 years.
College Board Examinations
College Board offers several important tests that you will likely take during your time in high school including the PSAT9, PSAT/MMSQT, the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, and Advanced Placement (AP) exams.
For more information visit https://www.collegeboard.org/.
The PSAT9 is taken by freshmen in mid-October. The results of this test are used to determine appropriate course level placement (Academic, College Prep, Honors).
For more information visit https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-8-9.
The PSAT is a practice test meant to prepare students for the SAT. It is given only once per year in October. At Fair Lawn High School, all students in the tenth grade are required to sit for this tes. Juniors and seniors have the option to take the test, but we very strongly encourage all juniors to take it. Juniors who take the PSAT are eligible for the National Merit Scholarship.
For more information visit https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10.
SAT and SAT Subject Tests
These examinations are administered in October, November, December, January, April, May and June. Registration materials may be obtained in the guidance office or online. Juniors may take the April, May or June examination: seniors should check the college catalogues for the SAT deadline required by a prospective school. Some colleges require the SAT Subject Tests; check with your counselor.
For more information visit https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat.
Advanced Placement Exams
The AP Examinations are administered each year in May and represent the culmination of college-level work in a given discipline in a secondary school setting. Rigorously developed by committees of college and AP high school faculty, the AP Exams test students' ability to perform at a college level.
All students enrolled in an AP course at Fair Lawn High School are required to take the corresponding exam. Registration occurs in December through the Testing Office.
For more information visit https://apstudent.collegeboard.org
In 2015, the State of New Jersey adopted an online assessment called The Partnership for Assessment for Readiness of College and Careers (PARCC). PARCC is aligned with the Common Core State Standards and is designed to determine a student’s readiness for college and career. It will help parents and teachers to determine whether or not students have achieved grade level standards. PARCC Testing occurs in the spring usually during the months of April and May.
The following descriptions are provided as an introduction and summary to some of the resources found on the PARCC website.
This link gives an overview of The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers as well as their beliefs, the states who are participating in the PARCC assessments and resources.
This link provides an assortment of resources that are intended to inform and support parents in their children’s educational experiences.
The New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT)
The New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) is a state test given in late May to students enrolled in a Biology course to measure whether they have gained the knowledge and skills identified in the Biology section of the Science Core Curriculum Content Standards (CCCS).
If you have any questions regarding testing please contact the Testing Coordinator.
Mr. Bryan Hicks
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