How to Succeed in Standards of Learning (SOL) Non-Writing Tests: Grades 3-12

Students at all ACPS schools will sit for the Standards of Learning (SOL) Non-Writing tests beginning Tuesday, May 17 and ending by Friday, June 17.

The SOL Non-Writing tests cover the general content areas of Reading, Mathematics, History/Social Science and Science. A student’s current grade level or course selection will dictate which SOL Non-Writing tests he or she will be given.

You can check the dates for tests and what content area tests your grade 3-8 student(s) will take on the full 2015-16 Standardized Testing Schedule.

Plenty of rest, a good breakfast, comfortable clothing and on-time school arrival are all things that will help students feel more alert and confident during testing.

Students can access online practice items or SOL Non-Writing tests from previous years via the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) website.

Students taking Grade 3-8 SOL assessments who fail with a score of 375-399, have a passing grade in the course, and have written parental consent will have the opportunity to retake the SOL before the end of the school year. Additional information and parental consent forms were distributed to parents by schools in April. Please direct any questions regarding test administration to the school test coordinator at your child’s school.

In accordance with ACPS and VDOE testing regulations, students are not permitted to access cell phones or other personal electronic devices during testing and should make arrangements to secure them appropriately. All students will receive this same reminder on the day of testing. Examiners, proctors and/or teachers who discover students accessing a cell phone or other personal electronic device during testing will deem it a violation of testing regulations.

The SOL assessments provide schools, parents and students with valuable information pertaining to their content area knowledge as measured by that assessment; however, they are but a single measure. As a learning organization, ACPS values the full range of competencies and academic growth displayed by students daily. These attributes, reflected in grades, parent teacher conferences and other data points, combine to portray each and every student’s academic and social/emotional growth throughout the course of the school year.