Testing- FSA, ACT, SAT, and PERT
Florida State Assessments and Graduation Tests
Florida’s K-12 assessment system measures students’ achievement of Florida’s education standards, which were developed and implemented to ensure that all students graduate from high school ready for success in college, career, and life. Assessment supports instruction and student learning, and test results help Florida’s educational leadership and stakeholders determine whether the goals of the education system are being met.
EOC assessments are computer-based, criterion-referenced assessments that measure the Florida Standards (FS) or the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS) for specific courses, as outlined in their course descriptions. In 2011, Algebra 1 (NGSSS) was the first course to undergo the implementation of a statewide EOC assessment. Over the next few years, it was followed by Biology 1, Geometry, U.S. History, and Civics, all of which are aligned to the NGSSS.
Admissions and Placement Testing
Every two-year or four-year college requires students to take a placement test to confirm the skill level students are entering college. Higher scores will ensure a higher chance of students earning a spot in the college of their choice. A general overview of each test is listed on this page.
PSATAvailable to sophomores and juniors who would like to take a preliminary version of the SAT to practice for the official test. High scores may allow students to be eligible for scholarships. PSAT information can be found at collegeboard.com (This test is only offered once a year in October.)
- The PSAT Official Test is scheduled every October. Information about testing dates and costs will be announced at school.
- Official Student Guide to the PSAT
- Personalized and FREE study materials at Khan Academy
- Presentation on how to understand PSAT and create college board account
Students applying as freshman directly from high school to a four-year college or university may be required to take the SAT. Subject tests are offered for students who may choose to apply for a specific program or college that encourages it or if a student tests better by subject.
- SAT Test Information available at www.collegeboard.com
- Personalized and FREE study guides Khan Academy
- How to Link Khan Academy to College Board Account
Four-year colleges may require ACT testing for students who are applying as freshman directly from high school. Subject tests are offered for students who may choose to apply for a specific program or college that encourages it or if students test better by subject.
PERT (Postsecondary Education Readiness Test) is an exam used by the state of Florida to measure the academic preparedness of future college students. The purpose of the exam, is to determine if a student is ready to do college level work in reading, writing, and mathematics. Typically testing is administered after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the media center. Students should check with Ms. Mitchell in the media center or Mr. Kiblinger in the Admin Office for information on upcoming testing dates. The test may also be taken at a SPC campus-please see your counselor for more details about testing there.
Wondering how you'll pay for the SAT/ACT?If you qualify for free/reduced lunch, you may be eligible for a fee waiver. Please see the following Counselors for a waiver:
- Mr. Malm (located in the Administration Bldg) - ACT
- Mr. Chorney (located in the Guidance office) - SAT.