Cost of the FSA Examinations
The Florida State Assessments are taken by students enrolled in Florida public schools in grades 3 through 10. There is no cost associated with the exams for students who must take them. Any cost of administering the exams is born by the public school system.
FSA Exam Information
There are a few different types of FSA exams. From grades 3 through 10, students are required to take a series of tests in English language arts and math, as outlined in the table below.
|Exam Type||Grade Levels||Test Duration|
|ELA Reading||3-10||Two 80- to 90-minute sessions|
|ELA Writing||4-10||One 120-minute session|
|Mathematics||3-8||Two or three 80-minute sessions|
|Algebra 1||End of course||Two 90-minute sessions|
|Geometry||End of course||Two 90-minute sessions|
All of the exams from grades 3 through 6 are paper-based exams, while the FSA exams that are given from grade 7 and beyond are computer-based tests.
FSA Exam Scores
After students complete each exam, they will receive a numerical score that reflects their performance. This score will fall into one of five categories or achievement levels:
- Level 1- inadequate
- Level 2 - below satisfactory
- Level 3 - satisfactory
- Level 4 - proficient
- Level 5 - mastery
In order to pass an exam, students must score at least into the level 3 category. For the English Language Arts exam, a student's performance on both the reading and writing portions are taken into account when their score is calculated.
While students may strive to pass all of their FSA exams, level 3 scores are only needed on the Grade 10 English Language Arts FSA exam and the Algebra 1 End-of-Course assessment to be eligible for graduation.
Preparing for the FSA Exams
Much of the preparation that students do before taking the FSA exams takes place in their classrooms throughout the course of the school year, given that these exams are intended to assess a student's understanding of the content that is supposed to be covered by the end of each grade level.
However, it is also possible for students to study for these exams on their own time if they want to be sure that they earn at least a passing score.
Through the Florida State Assessment website, students can access a large number of practice tests for each exam. These practice tests are either offered in a paper-based format or computer-based format according to how the actual exams are administered.
Individual School Resources
Additionally, there are a number of PowerPoint presentations available online that correspond to each of the tests. These presentations have been prepared by school staff and parents and are intended to help students know what to expect on the day of the exam.
Study.com has also created a number of FSA prep courses and materials that students can use when preparing for the FSA exams.
In particular, students in grade 10 may be interested in the FSA - Grades 9-10 ELA: Test Prep & Practice course, given that this is one of the exams that must be passed in order to graduate.
While there is not an FSA-specific Algebra I study guide and course, there are more general Algebra I courses available on Study.com that students might want to consider taking as they prepare for the FSA Algebra I EOC. For example, the High School Algebra I: Help and Review course could be a useful resource for students.