FCAT stands for Florida Comprehensive Assessment test, which is the state wide program implemented in the year 1998 to measure student knowledge and capabilities in all concepts. This test is conducted annually in the month of February to provide adequate time for scoring well before the end of the school year for all the public school students in grades 3 - 11.

Both private and parochial (religious organization) school pupils are not required to undergo FCAT , because these schools take another standard test known as Stanford Achievement Test (SAT), which is quite similar to FCAT.

Each public school receives a grade from A-F based on students pass percentage in exam. If a public school improves a better grade (from F to C), or holds on same grade A, the state provides reward money for the school. In the year 2010 - 2011, FCAT test is named as FCAT 2.0, which is the next generation of Sunshine State Standards.

All public school students must pass FCAT to step into the further grades. Grade 3 students have to gain level 2 or higher in FCAT reading section to reach grade 4. As well as higher grade students must clear both FCAT reading and MATH to achieve high school certificate.

The main strategy of FCAT is to increase student achievement by executing high standards. In case, if a student fails in the 10th grade test, the test which is required to achieve graduation, then the school provides five opportunities for a student to pass the test.

Teachers must educate students by teaching the important concepts in the Sunshine State Standards for achieving success in FCAT. With teacher guidelines, student can prepare for the test through FCAT sample tests and resources.

Tips for students before taking the test

  • Practice more FCAT sample tests to evaluate your score, which boosts your confidence level.
  • Follow your teacher guidelines and tips while preparing for FCAT which will be useful to achieve a good score.
  • Make use of FCAT explorer, which is an internet tool designed to help students to crack a top score.
  • Make a proper plan and prepare accordingly for the test to gain a good score in the first attempt.
  • Manage your time, which plays a crucial part while undergoing an exam.
  • Solve easy questions first and spend the last remaining minutes over the difficult problems which help to manage your precious time.
  • Last but not least, once you're done with the test, it is good to review your answers before submitting it.

FCAT Test Dates

Dates Assessment Grade Level
October 7 – 18, 2013 RETAKES
FCAT 2.0 Reading
11, 12, 13, Retained 10, and Adult
December 3 – 4, 2013 FCAT 2.0 Writing Prompt Field Test 4, 8, and 10
February 25 – 26, 2014 F FCAT 2.0 Writing 4, 8, and 10
April 7 – 11, 2014 RETAKES
FCAT 2.0 Reading
11, 12, 13, Retained 10, and Adult
April 22 – 25, 2014** FCAT 2.0 Mathematics
FCAT 2.0 Reading
FCAT 2.0 Science
3, 4, 7, and 8
3, 4, and 5
5, 8
April 22 – May 1, 2014 FCAT 2.0 Mathematics
FCAT 2.0 Reading
7* and 10*
April 28 – May 7, 2014 FCAT 2.0 Mathematics
FCAT 2.0 Reading
6*, 8*, and 9*


AIR test per student: $18.38

Total cost per student: $34.23

AIR Test over six year: $220 million

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