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External Assessments



callusBeginning in the 2014-15 school year, the range of external assessments expands and shall continue to be directly related to long term student outcome goals within the strategic plan.  Historically, Virginia State Standards have been adapted to the local school community needs within Guanacaste.

American curriculum developments in recent years have seen a strong alignment between the Virginia standards and the latest Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in numeracy and literacy.  We remain committed to using the most effective external assessments to help each individual student grow and ultimately be well-prepared for university success.


“By the time students have graduated from high school, they would have been exposed to the same content through different learning progressions…the CCSS and  Virginia standards generally have a strong alignment

Virginia Department of Education 2010


MAP Testing has been identified within the School’s strategic planning goals within the last two years, and we are now preparing to rollout the program in the 2014-15 school year.  MAP testing is done twice yearly online and provides immediate feedback on academic skills and knowledge.  MAP testing allows for families and teachers alike to track students’ development within numeracy and literacy standards. It is considered the premier external assessment program and will be very beneficial to improving student outcomes over time.

(Funded by School Fees)

  • sat-achieve_moreMeasures of Academic Progress (MAP) Testing: Kindergarten/Preparatory to Grade 8
  • Fall testing in September 16-25, 2014
  • Spring testing in May 4-13, 2015
  • Registrations done through the school
  • PSAT Testing: Grades 9 & 10
  • Test Date: Wednesday October 15, 2014
  • Registrations done through the school
  • SAT Testing: Grades 11 & 12
  • Test Date: Saturday November 8, 2014

(funded by student)

  • SAT Testing: Grades 11 & 12
  • Test Date: Saturday March 14, 2015
  • Strongly recommended
Advanced Placement (APSubject Tests:

  • AP English Literature and Composition
  • AP Spanish Language and Culture
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP Calculus
  • AP World History

The School Administration expects that all students challenge themselves with at least one AP test during their High School career.

AP Test Dates:

  • Wednesday May 6, 2015
  • Thursday May 7, 2015
  • Monday, May 4, 2015
  • Tuesday May 5, 2015
  • Thursday May 14, 2015

To earn an AP International Diploma in addition to the School’s High School Diploma, a student must take five AP exams and achieve passing grades.

 ApLogo For more information, please visit AP Central:

Gifted and Talented Student Testing:


  • School nominated students may test for acceptance to the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY) annualInternational Talent Search
  • CTY SCAT Testing must be funded and registered by the student’s parents
  • SCAT Testing for Grades 3-8
  • Register for SCAT by January 30, 2015