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Students who will be taking SOLs will be notified through their fcpsschools.net email of their testing schedules, along with a paper notice through their SOL teachers prior to testing. Email @email with any questions.
Parent FAQ’s: SOL Testing
Q: What should my child bring to testing?
A: Students should bring a pencil, their FCPSOn Computer, and charger to testing. Students should not bring personal computers, as they cannot be used for SOL testing. They are permitted a water bottle, sweater, or jacket as well. For math and science related tests, they are allowed to bring a calculator, but for the math SOLs, there is an online version of the DESMOS calculator accompanying the tests.
Q: What time of day do SOLs begin?
A: With the exception of World History 1, all SOLs begin at 8:10 am. The WH1 SOL has two sessions: one in the morning and one after first lunch. Student testing letters will specify testing times for these students, which will be sent out before the second week of May.
Q: How long are the SOLs?
A: SOL tests are untimed, and a student has the school day to complete the exam. Some of the longer tests like the reading, math, or science SOLs take around 90-120 minutes.
Q: Which classes have SOLs?
A: At the high school level, there are 10 End of Course classes that have SOLs.
- English 11 and AP LANG: Writing and Reading
- Algebra 1
- Algebra 2
- Geosystems: Earth Science
- World History I
- World History II
- United States and Virginia History (US/VA)
Q: What content is covered on the SOL exam?
A: Visit the VDOE to for resources like updated standards, practice tests, and materials. http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/index.shtml
Q: When are make-up tests?
A: We must pull students who missed an SOL test into make-up testing within the primary SOL attempt window. If you know that your child will be absent from testing in advance, contact your child’s SOL teacher and Molly Brady at @email for make-up options.
Q: What happens if my child does not pass an SOL?
A: The passing score range is 400-600. If a student scores within a range of 375-399, he or she will be permitted to retake the SOL after remediating with a teacher. Retakes are occur the week after regularly scheduled SOL testing.
Q: What SOLs does my child need, depending on his or her diploma type and ninth grade entry date?
A: You can follow this link to the requirements for the standard and advanced studies diplomas regarding verified credits for students who entered ninth grade for the first time in 2016-17 and 2017-2018.
You can follow this link to the requirements for the standard and advanced studies diplomas regarding verified credits for students who enter the ninth grade for the first time in 2018-2019 and beyond.
Changes for High School SOL Testing
This spring, students in Virginia high schools will take fewer Standards of Learning (SOL) tests than in the past as a result in changes from the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). Students who are enrolled in a high school SOL course are now only required to take the SOL test if they need the assessment to fulfill:
- Federal participation requirements (one SOL test for mathematics, reading, and biology taken during grades 9-12); and/or
- Content area verified credit requirements for graduation, based on the student’s ninth grade entry year and the diploma type the student is pursuing.
All students who entered high school in 2017-18 or prior are required to earn one (1) “student-selected” verified credit beyond those needed for specific content areas. The number of assessments students have available as options for student-selected tests each year depends on their current course enrollment and what verified credits they have already earned from previous courses. During course registration, counselors discussed student-selected SOL options with affected students. In the coming weeks, you will receive your student’s testing plan for this spring, including student-selected SOL tests, and how you can be involved in testing decisions. When you receive this plan, you are encouraged to talk with your student about their upcoming tests. You can find additional information on student-selected tests at this webpage: https://www.fcps.edu/node/37589. If you have questions or concerns about testing plans, please contact your student’s school counselor. For questions about SOL testing changes from the VDOE, you may contact our Assessment Coach, Ms. Molly Brady, at @email.
SOL Season - Personal Electronic Devices are Prohibited
As SOL season is approaching, we want to remind families that electronic personal devices of any kind (phones, watches, etc.) are prohibited inside the SOL testing environment. Please be aware that any personal devices carried into the testing environment will be subject to the school’s established procedures for addressing this as a test security concern. In past instances, a student’s access to a personal device in the testing environment has been identified as attempted cheating; please don’t let this happen to you! Let’s work together to create a positive and safe testing environment for everyone.
Standards of Learning Test Schedules for Students Observing Ramadan
This year, the main Standards of Learning (SOL) testing window has significant overlaps with Ramadan, the Muslim holy month marked by daily fasting. The SOL testing window begins for high schools on Monday, April 27, and for elementary and middle schools on Monday, May 4. All schools must complete SOL make-up tests and retakes by Friday, June 5. Ramadan begins the evening of Thursday, April 23, and ends with Eid-al-Fitr on Saturday, May 23.
FCPS welcomes and encourages engagement with parents and guardians of students affected by this overlap. School staff will work with parents and guardians to make schedule adjustments or determine how best to address students’ needs. For example, it may be possible to schedule testing early in the day when energy levels are likely to be highest.
If you have a child in an SOL grade-level who will be fasting to observe Ramadan this year, notify your child's school counselor and our Assessment Coach, Ms. Molly Brady, at @email to take advantage of possible scheduling options.