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The Amelia Academy Guidance Office assists students in making decisions that will affect their education and help them reach their full potential at the Academy and beyond.

This site provides helpful testing and college information to support parents and students. If you have questions, please contact Jennifer Faeth at (804) 561-2270.

Testing Program

Admissions Testing

All students (with the exception of the pre-kindergarten) take an admissions test before entering Amelia Academy.

Kindergarten students take a readiness test that tests the following areas:

  • Listening skills (Students read a story about which they must answer questions.)
  • Motor skills (Students must write their name, copy some shapes, and color and cut out an ice cream cone.)
  • Reasoning (Students identify groups and analogies using pictures.)
  • Social skills (Students separate from their parents and answer questions without excessive prompting.)
  • Students count to twenty.  Some can identify all or some of the numbers up to ten.
  • Students recite the ABC’s. Some can identify all or some of the letters.

All other students take an aptitude test that gives a percentile score, comparing their score to other students nationally at the same grade level.

Achievement/Ability Testing

In October, grades four, six, eight and eleven take the Stanford 9 Achievement Test and the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test.  Also in October, all tenth and eleventh graders take the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test).  These tests are administered at Amelia Academy under supervision of our staff.

College Admissions Testing

Juniors and seniors are encouraged to take the SAT and/or the ACT in preparation for applying to colleges and universities.  These tests are administered on designated Saturdays in specific test sites not at Amelia Academy.  The SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) is a multiple-choice test that measures knowledge and reasoning in math, verbal, and writing areas.  The ACT (American College Test) measures knowledge in English, math, reading, and science reasoning.  SAT II tests are subject tests in approximately twenty different areas required by some colleges and universities and are used as an additional evaluation tool.  The most common subject tests are math and writing, but also tests exist for histories, sciences, and languages.  Students need to check with the college or university to which an application is being made to determine if SAT II tests are required or recommended.