SAT and PSAT Testing
2020 Student Guides
The Student Guides have information about testing, test-taking tips, and a practice test:
Hayfield Infographics for Testing
The Hayfield infographics have detailed information about communication regarding test times, what to bring, a map of testing location entrances and parking, as well as useful links for testing preparation.
Q. When/where is the PSAT test?
The PSAT will be given on October 29, 2020 at Hayfield SS during the school day. Check-in begins at 7:30AM. Doors close at 8: 15AM.
This day will be an asynchronous school day for all high school students. Students will be notified of their testing location and assigned entrance by email (fcpsschools.net account). Encourage your child to check for updates through their school email.
Q. How long is the test?
The test is about 3 hours long. (Students with College Board-approved extended time will test longer.) Students testing with standard time will be done around 12:30PM. Students testing with 50% extended time will be done around 1:30PM.
Q. What should my student bring to school for the SAT or PSAT test? Please note: We will not lend pencils or calculators to students due to health concerns.
- A mask that must be worn in the building at all times
- Graphing Calculator (list of approved calculators)
- Layers (temperatures vary in our building)
- Two or more No. 2 pencils- not mechanical
- Photo ID (Be prepared to show a photo ID like your school ID card, driver’s license, passport, etc.)
- Test ticket (This will emailed to students’ fcpsschools.net email account three days prior to testing. Please print the ticket or copy ALL of the information onto a sheet of paper.)
- Water and snacks. Snacks may be consumed during breaks. We request that snacks are peanut-free and carried in a clear Ziplock bag
- Emergency Contact Information
Q. What is prohibited from testing?
You may NOT bring any electronic “smart” device such as a cell phone, laptop, or wearable technology like a Smart Watch or Fitbit. Please leave these items in your car or at home.
Q. Is food permitted?
Fairfax County will be providing a grab and go breakfast and lunch option for all students. Snacks are allowed to be eaten during scheduled breaks. We request that snacks are peanut-free and carried in a clear Ziplock bag.
Q. I said “yes” for school transportation. How do I know what time the bus will pick me up?
If you indicated that you will need FCPS transportation, you will receive this information via email to your fcpsschools.net address from Mrs. Gregory.
Q. How can my student prepare for the PSAT?
The PSAT Student Guide, which includes a practice test, is linked above. The College Board has also partnered with Khan Academy to provide online practice. Find out more here.
Q. What procedures are being followed to safety of students?
SAT, ACT, and PSAT Health and Safety Protocols – Please read the information provided on this site. This page gives you information about how the procedures will be followed at schools to ensure safety of students and staff.
Students will receive an email through their fcpsschools.net accounts regarding the check-in process, entrance and testing room assignments, and what to bring (and what not to bring). Parents/guardians are not permitted in the building and should remain in their cars. Only students taking an exam may wait in the check-in line.
We also ask that students do not socialize in the parking lot or in the building. Social distancing and mask-wearing needs to be practiced at all times on the school property.
Q. How can my student apply for testing accommodations for the PSAT?
The College Board’s deadline for PSAT accommodation requests was at the end of August, 2020. Any student who has College Board approved accommodations will receive the appropriate accommodations on test day. Please be aware that students with an extended time accommodation will finish testing later than the advertised end time. Additionally, students testing with MP3 audio will test over 2 days. For questions about the College Board accommodation request process, please contact our Services for Students with Disabilities Coordinator, Amy Kingsbury, at @email.
Q. When will my student receive PSAT scores?
Scores should be available online to students through their free College Board accounts in December. Students can view scores via College Board at https://studentscores.collegeboard.org/home. Students who do not currently have a College Board account will need to create one to view scores. Students should use their personal email (not fcpsschools.net accounts) to create their CB account.
Q. I have a question that is not listed above – who should I contact?
Please contact our Assessment Coach, Emily Gregory, @email.
College Board (SAT, PSAT, AP Exams)
If your child has a current IEP or 504 plan and you are planning to apply for accommodations from the College Board for an AP, PSAT, or SAT exam, you must complete the Parent Consent Form and the Local Application and return them as a PDF attachments to Emily Gregory at @email.The College Board application procedure is a one-time process. Once a student has been approved for College Board accommodations, those accommodations will automatically be given to your student on all further College Board tests if applicable. If you wish to know if your student already has accommodations, please contact College Board directly at 609-771-7137 or go to www.collegeboard.com/ssd/.
The ACT process is a bit different than College Board. When you register for an ACT exam and you wish to have accommodations, you will request that as you are registering. Please email Amy Kingsbury, SSD Coordinator, at @email with your request and a signed Consent to Release Information. Details on the ACT accommodations process can be found on the ACT website.
ACT and SAT test prep classes offered by Adult and Community Education. The test-prep and study skills courses offered are listed at this link from the Adult and Community Education website.
PSAT practice tests can be found at http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/psat/prep.html. To understand PSAT scores, look at the following links: