OCVS Testing Calendar 2015-16

Florida Standards Assessment (FSA)

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.​

Advanced Placement Tests (AP Tests)

This test is given at the completion of an advanced placement course.  The exam is administered in May and the results are mailed to the home, high schools, and specified colleges.  Most colleges accept AP credit, but the student should verify each school’s policy.

American College Test (ACT)

The American College Testing program test measures scholastic aptitude in English, mathematics, social studies, and natural sciences.  This test is required for admission by some colleges and universities.  Optimum test dates are in the spring of the junior year and again in the fall of the senior year, if necessary.  Results are mailed to the high school and colleges designated by the student.

Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery is an optional test measuring mechanical, clerical, verbal, and mathematical skills with a variety of short, timed multiple choice test items.  It is administered to juniors and seniors in the fall.  The test can identify occupations and skills for which students are best suited.  There is no commitment to military service for students taking this test.

College Placement Test (CPT)

The College Placement Test is the test that Florida community colleges use to determine placement in either remedial or regular college courses.  The test is designed to measure how well students have developed their verbal and mathematics skills. It is required to enroll in VCC courses.  Students who will be enrolled in VCC dual enrollment classes must take the CPT to enroll in any mathematics class; however, the SAT or ACT may replace the CPT for community college admission. 


Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT)

The PSAT is a multiple-choice test that measures verbal and mathematical reasoning abilities.  It also helps students assess their verbal and mathematics skills for practice for the SAT and helps predict possible SAT scores, as well as success in AP classes. This test gives students the opportunity to qualify for such programs as the National Merit, National Achievement, or National Hispanic Awards.   The test is given once a year in October.

  

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) 

The SAT I is designed to measure student reasoning ability in verbal, mathematics and writing areas.  It is offered seven times each year.  Scores range from 200 to 800 on each section with 500 being an average score for a section.  This test may be used for admission to most colleges and universities and for the Bright Futures Scholarship. It is recommended that students begin testing in the spring of the junior year with retakes in the fall of the senior year. Scores are mailed to the student, high school, and specified colleges within six weeks after the test. 


Comprehensive English Language Learning Test (CELLA)

The CELLA is a four–skill language proficiency assessment that is designed to provide useful data for charting student progress.  The objective of the test is to increase the English-language proficiency of English Language Learners by diagnosing student strength and weaknesses in English