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Test Dates

The following test dates are District-wide. Please refer to your school's calendar or main office for more detailed information.

Test                                                Who Takes It                                                                   When               
English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)

Initial: All English Learners and students enrolling in CA public school for the first time

 

Summative: All English Learners

Initial: Upon enrolling

 

Summative: February - March

PSAT/NMSQT 

10th (practice) and 11th graders (NMQST)

 

Instructions for PSAT Online Registration

October (check with your school)

Physical Fitness Test (PFT)

All 9th graders March - May

CAASPP (Smarter Balanced Assessment)                         

All 11th graders (English/Language Arts and Mathematics) March - April
California Alternate Assessment (Cal-Alt) Eligible 11th graders (English/Language Arts and Mathematics)    March - April             

California Science Test 

All students in the designated grade level

March - April

Advanced Placement (AP)

Students who register for exams Registration in October, Exams in May

Test Information

Advanced Placement (AP) Exams

Through college-level Advanced Placement courses, students are exposed to knowledge that might otherwise remain unexplored in high school. Through AP Exams, they have the opportunity to earn credit or advanced standing at most of the nation’s colleges and universities. The College Board, a non-profit association based in New York City, runs the AP program. AP courses offered vary at each high school.

AP Exam Registration

Registration for AP exams will be from September 16 through October 4. This change to the registration window is mandated by College Board for all AP programs, and is not the decision of FUHSD or its schools. AP exams will take place from May 4 to May 15, 2020.

We realize this registration timeline is very early in the school year, so we encourage students to talk over their exam decisions with their family, teachers and trusted adults. Students should consider their confidence in the course content, overall workload, post-secondary plans and their other commitments in the spring when deciding whether or not to take an AP exam. Some colleges and universities require that students taking AP courses take the corresponding exam. The exam fee is $115 for regular format exams and $125 for special format (World Language, Music Theory, Studio Art) exams. There will be no late registration and no refunds, so students will need to plan carefully.

Instructions for Online Payment

Online ordering through Infinite Campus:

  • Registration window is open from Sept. 16 at 8 a.m. through Oct. 4 at 4 p.m.;
  • For most regular exams and special format;
  • Requires an Infinite Campus Student/Parent Portal account;
  • Student or parent can place order with credit card or eCheck; and
  • There is a 4% Convenience Fee added to the total Payment. 

The following will remain paper-based for registration:

  • Register during school office hours only, from Sept. 16 through Oct. 4;
  • Eligibility-based exams (Chinese, Computer Science Principles, Studio Art);
  • Fee-reduced exams;
  • Exams with low interest (Art History, Latin, Spanish Literature, German, Italian, Comparative Government/Politics, World History, European History) will only be offered if there are enough students;
  • Non-FUHSD (homeschooled) students residing in FUHSD; and
  • Late exams.

Instructions for Paying for AP Exams through Infinite Campus

  • Log into Student or Parent Infinite Campus Portal Account;
  • Go to "Today", "My Accounts", then "Optional payments;"
  • Select AP Exams under Student;
  • Continue to complete the transaction by adding payment information for credit card or eCheck; and
  • Print receipt. 

Non-FUHSD Students

Due to limited resources and reduced site facilities, non-FUHSD students are not eligible to register for AP exams, with the exception of homeschooled students residing in the FUHSD boundaries. These students are not eligible to take special format exams (World language, Studio Art, Music Theory or Computer Science Principles) and must provide current evidence of homeschool enrollment. Eligible non-FUHSD students should contact Ms. Johanna Moyoli at Fremont High School, (408) 522-2420, to register.

NEED MORE INFORMATION?

For more information about AP exam registration, please read through the Frequently Asked Questions below, visit your school’s website or contact your school’s ASB office.

School

Personnel

Telephone #

Cupertino High School

Ms. Lisa Balga

408-366-7366

Fremont High School

Ms. Johanna Moyoli

408-522-2420

Homestead High School

Ms. Candi Marugg

408-522-2534

Lynbrook High School

Ms. Judy Boehm

408-366-7734

Monta Vista High School

Mr. Calvin Wong

408-366-7617

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does FUHSd charge more than College Board for AP Exam Fees?

Exam fees cover the cost of administering the exams and the cost of the College Board exams. FUHSD administers over 10,000 exams each year while school is in session, which requires significant additional personnel, facilities, and equipment. The biggest expenses for AP exams in FUHSD are the College Board exam fees and personnel. We work hard to run an efficient testing program in order to keep costs down, while maintaining a safe and supportive testing environment for students.

Are there scholarships or fee waivers for AP exam fees?

There are no scholarships or fee waivers, but FUHSD does offer a reduced fee for eligible students. Eligibility is determined based on family income. Please see your school’s ASB office for more information.

Do I have to take the AP Exam if I am enrolled in an AP Class?

While FUHSD does not require that students enrolled in an AP class take the corresponding AP exam, some colleges and universities might. You should research the colleges and universities, and your intended major, for specific requirements. Exam preparation is part of the AP class curriculum regardless of whether or not you choose to register for the exam.

Why is the AP exam registration so early this year?

College Board changed their processes this year so that AP exam orders are now placed in the fall. FUHSD did not have a choice about moving the registration process to the fall. A team of staff from all schools in the district worked together to design a registration process and timeline that would allow for students to settle in to their classes before making decisions about AP exams, and for us to communicate with students and families about these changes through teachers, AP class visits, Back to School Night, and parent communications. 

AP Chinese Exam Registration

Over the last several years, FUHSD has heard from community members concerned about the number of AP Chinese exams that the District is able to administer each year to students. This concern has been recently raised again via this Change.org petition.  

It is important to note that every student in the District who is taking AP Chinese during the school year and chooses to take the AP exam is able to take the exam. FUHSD is committed to offering as many opportunities for students to take this exam as feasible. It is also important to note that FUHSD administered over 300 AP Chinese exams last year. 

The AP Chinese exam is particularly challenging to offer, compared to other Advanced Placement exams. The College Board has strict requirements regarding computer specifications, network security, testing facility layout and personnel for the AP exam on the two designated days it can be given. The FUHSD uses every available authorized computer to administer this test. Some computers are not available over the two days of testing because they are being used for instruction in other classes, or for other AP exams that require computers. 

Because computer space is limited, the District prioritizes access to the exam in the following ways:
1.      First priority goes to students who are currently enrolled in our AP Chinese course;
2.      Second priority goes to students who are seniors, whether or not they are enrolled in our AP Chinese course;
3.      Third priority goes to juniors, whether or not they are enrolled in our AP Chinese course; and
4.      Fourth priority goes to students who are in our lower level Chinese classes and want to take the exam.

Because of the highly regulated nature of the College Board’s AP exam protocols, it is fairly typical for schools and districts to limit exams to only those students who are currently enrolled in a particular AP program, with first priority going to the District’s own students, and if space is available, to students from outside the district. Given the limited number of seats and the high demand for the AP Chinese exam, the District does not allow non-FUHSD students to take the exam with us.

Over the last few years, the District has made a concerted effort to increase the number of authorized computers. However, we are typically able to accommodate only those students in groups 1 and 2 due to the limitations described above. In each of the last five years, we have been able to include only a handful of students from groups 3 and 4. 

The FUHSD is committed to continuing to address the needs of all our students. 


Due to a limited number of seats, registration for the AP Chinese Language & Culture exam will be managed with a priority registration process. Please refer to the chart below for details; dates of registration for priority groups will be published in late January. This exam costs $125 and is not open to non-FUHSD students. 

Priority

Who can register

Group 1

9/16-9/20

  • Students enrolled in FUHSD AP Chinese class
  • Any 12th grader

Group 2

9/23-9/27

  • Students enrolled in FUHSD AP Chinese class
  • Any 12th grader
  • Any 11th grader

 Group 3

9/30-10/4

  • Students enrolled in FUHSD AP Chinese class
  • Any 12th grader
  • Any 11th grader
  • 9th or 10th graders enrolled in FUHSD Chinese program

 Group 4

9/30-10/4

  • 9th and 10th grade students not enrolled in FUHSD Chinese program may sign up for the lottery of remaining seats (if available after groups 1, 2, and 3). The online form will be open from Monday, Sept. 30 at 8 a.m. and will close on Friday, Oct. 4 at 4 p.m. You must use your FUHSD student email account to access this form. Students will receive notification via email provided by 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 7 and will have until Friday, Oct. 11 at 3 p.m. to submit their payment.

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CASSPP)

What is CAASPP?

CAASPP stands for the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress. This series of tests replaced the STAR program. CAASPP includes the following state assessments for high school students:

Grades 10, 11, or 12 (assigned by the state to each school): Calfornia Standards Test (CAST) Field Test

Grade 11: Smarter Balanced Assessment or California Alternate Assessment (Cal-Alt)

California Alternate Assessment

This assessment (sometimes called CAA or Cal-Alt) is designed for 11th grade students who are deemed eligible by their IEP team, and is administered in a one-to-one setting by a trained, certificated teacher. It is a computer-based test aligned to the Core Content Connectors (CCCs), alternate achievement standards which are linked to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English-Language Arts and mathematics. It replaces the California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA) which was part of the STAR testing program.

Results for the Cal-Alt in English-Language Arts and Mathematics will be published later this summer. Student score reports will be sent home in late August/early September. The Cal-Alt in Science was a pilot test in Spring 2017 and no results are available.

For more information, visit the CDE website.

CAASPP Results and College Readiness

1th graders taking the Smarter Balanced assessments receive information about their readiness for college-level work. This information is based on results from the Smarter Balanced assessments and indicates college readiness as one of three status categories:

Ready for College

Overall achievement Level 4, Standard Exceeded

Conditionally Ready for College

Overall achievement Level 3, Standard Met

Not Ready for College

Overall achievement Level 2, Standard Nearly Met or Level 1, Standard Not Met

Spring 2019 Test Results

Results from Spring 2019 (CAASPP, CAA, and ELPAC) are now available in Infinite Campus Parent Portal. From the navigation bar at the top left side of your screen, select “More” to access the next set of options, and then select “Assessments.” Under California Paperless Reporting, select a display language (will only display in another language if you reported it your student’s primary home language) and then hit the “Generate” button. Click on the “Get the report” link to access a PDF of your student’s score report. Students take the CAASPP once in high school during the 11th grade year, but may also have results from 8th grade available in the portal. Score reports for current 9th graders from their 8th grade year will be available after September 3.

California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE)

CAHSEE Suspended

On October 7, 2015, Governor Brown signed SB 172, which suspended the CAHSEE for the following three years. This law also allows districts to issue high school diplomas to students from the Classes of 2004-2014 who met all other district requirements for graduation except for the exit exam.

CAHSEE/SB 172 Frequently Asked Questions

FUHSD is looking forward to the opportunity to issue diplomas to eligible former students from the Classes of 2004-2014 once the law takes effect on January 1, 2016. Students are eligible if they completed all course and credit requirements prior to their class graduating. To initiate the eligibility verification process, please complete the online form below. Allow 2-3 weeks for processing and verification. An FUHSD staff member will contact you about your eligibility and next steps.

Request for SB 172 Eligibility Check