Standardized testing is an important part of the education--starting in middle school and continuing all the way through high school. The Director of Counseling oversees the administration of all standardized and college admissions tests. At Florida Preparatory Academy, we offer:
ACT Aspire testing measures the concepts, processes, and objectives taught nationwide and common to most state standards. These tests emphasize the use of 21st century skills like critical thinking, decision-making, and statistical analysis across the curriculum. The tests are easy to administer, stimulating to take, and extremely accurate in measuring student achievement. This test consists of mathematics, English, writing, reading, and science.
The PSAT/NMSQT (The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) is a program cosponsored by the College Board and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT®. In the 10th and 11th grade years, it helps educators promote college readiness. In addition, in the 11th grade year the test gives you a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools.
The PSAT/NMSQT measures:
- Critical reading skills
- Math problem-solving skill
The SAT and SAT Subject Tests are a suite of tools designed to assess your academic readiness for college. These exams provide a path to opportunities, financial support and scholarships, in a way that's fair to all students. The ACT keeps pace with what colleges are looking for today, measuring the skills required for success in the 21st century. Both test are administered multiple times during the school year, and at FPA our students have the opportunity to take the tests twice a year here on campus.
- The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test that lets you show colleges what you know and how well you can apply that knowledge. It tests your knowledge of reading, writing and mathematics, writing is optional. Most students take the SAT during their junior or senior year of high school, and almost all colleges and universities use the SAT in making admission decisions.
- The ACT assessment measures high school students' general educational development and their capability to complete college-level work with the multiple choice tests covering four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science. The optional Writing Test measures skill in planning and writing a short essay. Specifically, the ACT scores provide an indicator of "college readiness" and that scores in each of the sub-tests correspond to skills in entry-level college courses in English, algebra, social science, humanities, and biology.
The TOEFL test is the English-language proficiency test accepted by over 9,000 colleges and universities world wide for non-native English speakers. The test measures language skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. When ready, the FPA counseling department may sign up to take the test at a nearby location.