PSAT/SAT School Day 

FCPS high schools and secondary schools are hosting a PSAT and SAT School Day on Wednesday, October 13. Students in grades 10-12 will be participating in these exams, and all students will see a change to their schedules on October 13, as follows. 

  • All high schools and secondary schools have a 2-hour early release.
  • Buses will depart at 12:55pm and 3:00pm (for students that will need additional time testing)
  • High School Academy classes and shuttles are cancelled. 
  • Students with disabilities taught on an adapted curriculum (Category B) who are not participating in PSAT or SAT exams receive normal in-person instruction for the shortened school day.
  • Grade 9 students have a virtual asynchronous learning day.

Any Grade 12 students who have chosen not to take the SAT exam have options for prearranged college visits or civic engagement, independent college and career preparation, or other activities, as directed by school staff. 

PSAT/SAT School Day FAQs

Q.  When/where is the PSAT/SAT School Day test?

  • The PSAT/SAT School Day will be given on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at Falls Church HS during the school day. PSAT/SAT day is a shortened day for students and they will be on a two-hour early release schedule.


Q.  Do I have to register to take this test with College Board?

  • No.  All students in 10th and 11th grades will be registered and paid for by FCPS. 


Q.  How long is the test?

  • The PSAT/SAT is approximately 4 hours; however, students with College Board-approved extended time will test longer. Students testing with standard time should be done around 12:30pm. Students testing with 50% extended time should be done at approximately 3:00pm.


Q.  What should my student bring to school for the PSAT/SAT School Day test? Please note: We are not able to loan out pencils or calculators on test day to students due to health concerns.

  • A picture ID
  • A mask that must be worn the entire time they are in the building.
  • Two or more No. 2 pencils- not mechanical
  • Graphing Calculator (see the PSAT Day Terms and Conditions for acceptable calculators). (not required)
  • Water and snacks. Snacks may be consumed during breaks. We request that snacks are peanut-free and carried in a clear Ziplock bag. Water should be in a clear bottle. (not required)
  • Emergency Contact Information (not required)
  • Personal Hand Sanitizer (not required)


Q. What is prohibited from testing?

  • You are not permitted to bring any electronic “smart” device such as a cell phone or wearable technology like a Smart Watch or Fitbit. Please leave these items in your car/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. 
  • Water is also allowed, but must be in a clear bottle.


Q.  How can my student prepare for the PSAT/SAT School Day?


Q.  How can my student apply for testing accommodations for the PSAT?

  • The College Board’s deadline for PSAT accommodation requests was August 24th.  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.  Additionally, students testing with MP3 audio will test over 2 days.
  • For questions about the College Board accommodation request process, please contact our SSD Coordinator, Bill McGreevy | [email protected]


Q.  When will my student receive PSAT/SAT School Day scores?

  • Scores should be available online to students through their free College Board accounts around mid-October.  Students can view scores via College Board at 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 accounts) to create their CB accounts as they may need access to these scores after they leave FCPS.


Q.  I have a question that is not listed above – who should I contact?

  • Please contact our Assessment Coach, Mariam Suqi | @email