Testing Information

****STUDENTS, PLEASE CHECK YOUR OUTLOOK EMAILS REGULARLY FOR TESTING INFORMATION! *** 

In the unique world of virtual school, electronic communication is essential. We ask our students and parents to check their emails regularly for testing information. You will receive specific information, registration link, practice test and instructions that will help you navigate testing.  

TESTING COORDINATOR  

Ida Sierra  

Email: ILSierra@volusia.k12.fl.us 

Phone: (386) 734-7190 Ext. 74603 

 

IMPORTANT STEPS TO FOLLOW:  

***Please complete all of the below steps before taking the test(s) or the day of the test as applicable: 

  1. VOL students are required to register for test(s). Registrations close at 11:59 pm on the specified day (see table below and email communications). 

  1. Students will be testing on their personal laptops.  

  1. The FSA Secure Testing Browser must be downloaded onto the laptop you are using for testing, click here for instructions. 

  1. You must bring the “testing ready laptop with the FSA Secure Testing Browser” to your zoned school the day of the test(s). Make sure it is charged and that you have your charger with you. 

  1. Be on time the day of the test and report to the Main Office. From there, students will be directed to their testing rooms. They will then return to the Main Office for pick-up. 

  1. You must sit through all parts of the tests to meet the requirements.  

  1. As per the Volusia County School Board, masks are mandatory.  

  1. Make sure you have made transportation arrangements; this is the parent or guardian’s responsibility. 

 

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PERT Information

Volusia County Schools is offering the PERT to eligible Dual Enrollment Students. The test will take place during the testing window of October 19-22, 2021. VOL students will be testing at their zoned school and registration is required. Registration closes Monday, October 11, 2021, at 11:59 pm. 

Click here to register for PERT

What is the PERT*? – The PERT is a computer-based placement test designed to identify necessary competencies for success in entry-level college courses, includes mathematics, reading and writing. PERT scores are one of the requirements for participation in the Dual Enrollment Program.

Test Score Requirements for Dual Enrollment - Daytona State College

Reading: 106
Writing: 103
Math:  114 (Intermediate Algebra) and 123 (College Algebra)

 

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SAT Information

Volusia County Schools is offering the SAT to Grade 12 students. The test will take place on October 28, 2021. VOL students will be testing at their zoned school and registration is required. Registration closes Monday, October 20, 2021 at 11:59 pm. 

Click here to register for the SAT


What is the SAT*? – The SAT, also known as the Scholastic Aptitude Test, is the assessment that many colleges and universities use for admission purposes. The test scores are also concordant with Grade 10 FSA-ELA and ALG. 1 EOC high school graduation requirements. 

 

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ACT NCR Information

Volusia County Schools is offering the ACT NCR to grade 12 students. The test will take place during the testing window of October 5-7, 2021. VOL students will be testing at their zoned school and registration is required. Registration closes Monday, September 20th at 11:59 pm.

Click here to register for the ACT NCR

What is the ACT NCR*? – This non-college reportable testing opportunity is offered to seniors in the fall and seniors/juniors in the spring.  The purpose is to earn a concordant score that will fulfill the mathematics and/or reading graduation requirements towards a high school diploma. 

 

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Important FSA/EOC Retake Information

10th Grade FSA ELA, Algebra 1, and Geometry EOC Fall Retakes

Volusia County Schools is offering retakes for the 10th Grade FSA ELA, and Algebra 1, Geometry, US History, and Biology I EOCs. Tests are for students that took one or more of these course(s) previously, and either did not take the test, did not sit through all parts of the test, or did not pass the test. Please be advised that these tests are high school graduation requirements. For additional information about the assessment(s), high school graduation requirements, and the Emergency Order according to the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE), click here. The assessment(s) will take place at your zoned school during the testing window of September 13, 2021 through October 1, 2021.

VERY IMPORTANT: Please complete the below steps before taking the test(s):

  1. VOL students are required to register for the test(s), click here to register. Registration closes Monday, September 6 at 11:59 p.m.
  2. The FSA Secure Testing Browser must be downloaded onto the laptop you are using for testing. Click here for Browser Instructions
  3. You must bring the “testing ready laptop with the FSA Secure Testing Browser” to your zoned school the day of the test(s). Make sure it is charged and that you have your charger with you.

 

CLICK HERE FOR TEST DAYS PER ZONE SCHOOL AND TESTING DAY PROCEDURES

 

Additional Resources

For additional assistance, please contact Ida Sierra, VOL Testing Coordinator, at ILSierra@volusia.k12.fl.us.

Testing Information for 9th Grade Students

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The purpose of this letter is to inform you that your student will take the Preliminary SAT 8/9 (PSAT 8/9) on October 13, 2021. The PSAT 8/9 tests the same skills and knowledge as the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, and PSAT 10—in a way that makes sense for ninth graders. It measures what they’re already learning, shows them whether they’re on track for college, and lets them know where they need the most improvement. That means students have time to tackle these areas long before they take the SAT. The following are other key benefits of the PSAT 8/9.

  • It helps establish a baseline for students as they enter high school and begin preparing for college and career readiness.
  • It will identify areas where students excel and may want to consider taking higher-level courses, as well as areas they should focus on to improve academically.
  • It provides students with better access to data and personalized study through the online CollegeBoard and Khan Academy resources.

For additional information, including practice tests and sample questions regarding this assessment, please refer to the PSAT 8/9 Student Guide on the CollegeBoard website at http://collegeboard.org.

Please review the following calculator tips & policy with your student before testing:

Calculator tips for PSAT 8/9

  • Students are strongly encouraged to bring a calculator to the PSAT 8/9 on test day, whether or not they plan to use it.
  • Take a calculator you are comfortable using. Do not buy a new one just for the test.
  • Do not try to use the calculator on every question. No question requires one.
  • Decide how to solve each problem before deciding whether to use a calculator.
  • Practice sample questions with a calculator on hand.

Calculator Policy

Refer to the PSAT 8/9 Student Guide for a complete listing of approved calculators.

Your device may NOT be a pocket organizer, hand-held or laptop computer, electronic writing pad, tablet, or pen input device, calculator with a QWERTY (typewriter-like) keypad, calculator with paper tape, calculator that makes noises or "talks", calculator with a power cord or that requires an outlet.

If you have any questions, please contact Vicki Hamlin, 9th-grade Guidance Counselor at vhamlin@volusia.k12.fl.us, or Ms. Ida Sierra, testing coordinator at ILSierra@volusia.k12.fl.us.

Please note that PSAT 8/9 scores are not sent to colleges.

Testing Information for 10th Grade Students

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Volusia County Schools will administer the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test to 10th-grade students on October 13, 2021. This test is used as a counseling and diagnostic tool which can also be used to get students to start thinking about advanced coursework and college/career planning. While this test is optional for grade 10 students, there are many benefits for students that take it, some of which are the following:

  • Grade 10 PSAT/NMSQT testing is an indicator of performance on the SAT.
  • The PSAT/NMSQT includes reading, mathematics, and writing, and language components that focus on the knowledge and skills that are most essential for college and career readiness and success; it is also used as a diagnostic tool to measure and follow student performance and pinpoint areas for development.
  • Results can help identify each student’s potential for academic success at the postsecondary level.
  • Test results will provide high school guidance counselors with information to help identify students who may be ready to enroll and be successful in Advanced Placement and other college preparatory courses or identify students who may need additional instruction to do so.
  • Test results can open up discussion about future education plans that may not have been considered otherwise.

Calculator Policy and tips for PSAT/NMSQT

  • Students are strongly encouraged to bring a calculator to the PSAT/NMSQT on test day, whether or not they plan to use it.
  • Take a calculator you are comfortable using. Don't buy a new one just for the test.
  • Don't try to use the calculator on every question. No question requires one.
  • Decide how to solve each problem before deciding whether to use a calculator.
  • Practice sample questions with a calculator on hand.

Approved Calculators

  • Four-function calculator
  • Scientific calculator
  • Graphing calculator

Calculators Not Permitted

  • Pocket organizer
  • Hand-held or laptop computer
  • Electronic writing pad, tablet, or pen input device
  • Calculator with a QWERTY (typewriter-like) keypad
  • Calculator with paper tape
  • Calculator that makes noises or "talks"
  • Calculator with a power cord or that requires an outlet

If you have questions regarding calculators, please contact your zoned school’s testing coordinator.

If you would like for your child not to participate in the PSAT test, please contact. If you have any questions, please contact Vicki Hamlin, 9th grade Guidance Counselor at vhamlin@volusia.k12.fl.us by October 8, 2021.

You may visit https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10 for more information, including practice tests, calculator information, and sample questions.

Testing Information for 11th Grade Students

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Volusia County Schools is delighted to offer the PSAT to interested High School Juniors on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. This is an excellent opportunity for your student to gain valuable information and experience related to College Admissions Testing. It also serves as a great way for students to qualify for National Merit Scholarship Programs. This assessment is being offered at a nominal fee of $18.00 to all High School Juniors. Interested students must register by completing the form, here, by September 10, 2021. Information concerning this opportunity will be available on VOL’s website, https://www.volusiaonlinelearning.com/. Please remember, that the deadline for registration and payment is Friday, September 10th. Again, this is a wonderful opportunity for our students; it will assist in continuing to prepare them for post-secondary opportunities.

Calculator Policy and tips for PSAT/NMSQT

  • Students are strongly encouraged to bring a calculator to the PSAT/NMSQT on test day, whether or not they plan to use it.
  • Take a calculator you are comfortable using. Don't buy a new one just for the test.
  • Don't try to use the calculator on every question. No question requires one.
  • Decide how to solve each problem before deciding whether to use a calculator.
  • Practice sample questions with a calculator on hand.

Approved Calculators

  • Four-function calculator
  • Scientific calculator
  • Graphing calculator

Calculators Not Permitted

  • Pocket organizer
  • Hand-held or laptop computer
  • Electronic writing pad, tablet, or pen input device
  • Calculator with a QWERTY (typewriter-like) keypad
  • Calculator with paper tape
  • Calculator that makes noises or "talks"
  • Calculator with a power cord or that requires an outlet

If you have questions regarding calculators, please contact your zoned school’s testing coordinator.

If you have any questions about the PSAT test, please contact Ingrid Rivera, 11th-grade Guidance Counselor at idrivera@volusia.k12.fl.us by October 8, 2021.

You may visit https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10 for more information, including practice tests, calculator information, and sample questions.