Testing Information for Parents and Students

Due to the school closures and the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, many tests have been cancelled or postponed.  Testing changes and announcements occur daily and we appreciate your patience in this fast-changing situation.

For a brief summary, please read below.  For the most detailed and current information, please visit the test vendor websites.


Exams Current Status
CAASPP All CAASPP testing, including English, Math, Science and ELPAC, has been cancelled for the 2019-20 school year. 
ELPAC Summative ELPAC testing for English Learners has been cancelled for the 2019-20 school year.  Initial assessments for new enrollees will be rescheduled to occur after students return to school.
Physical Fitness Testing (PFT) PFT testing was completed by all sites prior to the school closures.
PSAT 10 PSAT 10 has been postponed for sites who have not tested yet.  Cancellation will be revisited pending any school closure extensions.

College Board is canceling the May 2, 2020 SAT and SAT Subject Test administration. Makeup exams for the March 14 administration (scheduled for March 28) are also canceled.

Students who already registered for May, whose March test centers were closed, or who do not receive March scores because of any irregularities will receive refunds from the College Board.  Stay up to date by visiting the College Board website.
Advanced Placement (AP)

Advanced Placement (AP) in-person testing scheduled in May has been replaced with on-line testing.  Students will be able to test at home.  

The exams will be:

  • On-line
  • Approximately 45 minutes long
  • Free-response (written exam) only
  • Submitted on computers, tablets, or mobile devices.
  • Offered twice for students who wish to test soon or test after some additional review.
  • Only focused on what most students were able to learn by early March

Optional review courses are scheduled to begin live and on-demand beginning March 25, 2019.

There are free and low-cost internet options available for families without internet access. Contact Comcast or AT&T directly for information. We’ve also posted internet access information on the Modesto City Schools website at mcs4kids.com under the school closure resources section.    

The College Board is also considering options for students who no longer want to take a test.  Specifics about testing, as well as the option to cancel an exam, will be released by the College Board no later than April 3.

For current information regarding testing, review courses, and next steps, please visit the College Board website.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

The International Baccalaureate Organization has announced that the May examinations for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme will not be held this year due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. 

Internal Assessments are still being submitted. More information to follow.

Depending on what they registered for, a student will be awarded a Diploma or a Course Certificate which reflects their standard of work. This is based on student's coursework and the established assessment expertise, rigor and quality control already built into the programmes.   

We know parents and students will have many questions. The IB will share full details and FAQs with us and on their website by 27 March 2020. 

For any other questions, please contact Kerry Castellani, IB Coordinator, view the IB website, or check Schoology for any announcements.
MCS Benchmark Exams All district-wide benchmark and unit exams during the school closures will be cancelled.
School Administered Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) School administered ASVAB exams have been cancelled for the 2019-20 school year.   Students may contact a military recruitment office if they wish to take the ASVAB for enlistment purposes.