Taking an Assessment
What you need to know about Assessment and Placement at AFT
Assessments tests will be given in accordance to your student(s) grade level but utilises AFT’s Academic Criteria; meaning, while the test itself should be of your student(s) academic level, your student(s) may not perform to the academic level that AFT assigns.
As thoroughly discussed in the Mission Statement, AFT focuses on preparing students for upcoming grades and not assisting them in their current grade level. AFT’s Academic Criteria thus will expect students to perform above their grade level rather than at their grade level.
For example, if an interested student is in 5th Grade, the test will be for a 5th Grader but the reading and writing criterion expectation will be for a 7th or 8th grader.
The assessments are designed in this manner because each grade level at AFT is actually two grade levels above the public school’s criteria.
Therefore, it should not come as a surprise to newly entered students to be assessed under their grade level, as they will have likely not done advanced coursework yet. The goal is for the student(s) to advance well enough to enter their own grade level at AFT, ensuring they will have mastered their needed skills before they enter said grade level.
Scheduling an assessment
Assessments should be scheduled during Ms Christina’s Office Hours, Mondays 5:30-7:30pm via the contact page or by email at email@example.com with a registration form completed and attached.
If, for some reason, you cannot make this time, you may request a different time, at the discretion of Ms Christina. However, note that scheduling outside of Office Hours may mean that a consultation may not be available.
During the assessment
Students will be given 40 minutes to an hour to complete their tests. All materials will be provided for them and they may not ask any questions since the tests doesn’t only test on the material but on whether students can follow directions.
After the assessment
A consultation with the parent(s) and student(s) will be held immediately after the assessment test (if taking the assessment during Ms Christina’s Office Hours). These assessments normally take around 40 minutes per student.
During this assessment, Ms Christina will go through the test results specifically, asking the student(s) about their thoughts and feelings, motivations and struggles, so Ms Christina can have a better idea of why the student performed in the way the did. Ms Christina will then discuss placement and give suggestions to parents for how to assist their student(s). If time permits, Ms Christina will also go over any materials and assignments to better assist parents in understanding what life at AFT will be like for their student(s)
Interested? Then go to Applying to start the application process!