Testing begins with the Otis Lennon School Ability Test in kindergarten, and is given again in third and fifth grades. This intelligence test given in the spring is designed to create a picture of students’ thinking and reasoning skills.
CTP tests, which specifically test the amount of verbal and quantitative skills retained in the classroom, are given in grades three through seven in the fall.
In the eighth and ninth grades, Fayette Academy starts preparing students for college admissions testing in the spring with the ASPIRE test, which covers math, English, reading comprehension, and science reasoning. The ASPIRE also provides a prediction score for the ACT.
The PSAT is given to 10th and 11th graders in the fall. It is formulated from the SAT and is used to identify juniors who qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Competition. The PSAT/NMSQT also provides administrators with an “AP Potential” index. The intent is to increase access to Advanced Placement courses and ensure that no student who has the chance of succeeding is overlooked. “AP Potential” identifies students who are 60 percent likely to get a score of 3, 4, or 5 on the AP test.
All high school students are required to take the ACT or SAT for high school graduation eligibility. The ACT and SAT are college admissions tests which are required by most colleges and universities. Students should determine which standardized test is required by the college of their choice. Students may take the test as many times as they choose. Students can register for these tests online. To register for the ACT, click here. The Fayette Academy CEEB code is 432-143.
All students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses are required to pay the examination fee and take the AP exam administered at the end of the year. Each AP exam is based on a five point scale- a weighted combination of the student’s multiple-choice portion of the exam and the open-ended portion of the exam. The AP score can be used by institutions to determine if credit will be granted for the course taken, or if a student will be allowed to skip the course entirely. A number of colleges and universities grant credit for scores of 3, 4, or 5; however, it is up to the institution to decide whether or not scores will be accepted for credit. To research college and university course credit policies, click here.