Department of Testing, Research and Evaluation

PGCPS Specialty Programs Testing
New for 2016-2017 School Year:
  • The Preliminary SAT (PSAT 8/9) will be used as part of the entrance criteria for Speciality Programs: Science and Technology, Academy of Health Sciences, and Aerospace Engineering and Aviation Technology.
  • Testing will occur for grade 8 students the week of December 5, 2016 at their boundary school. Grade 8 students must still apply for the program(s) of their choice if they wish to be considered for admission.
  • PGCPS grade 9 students who apply for Science and Technology will take the assessment on a designated day in December 2016 along with private school students.
  • Information on the application process will be distributed to schools fall of 2016.
  • Specialty Programs Application
  • Pay for your PSAT 8/9 online
Prince George's County Public Schools Specialty Programs Include:
  • Science and Technology 
  • Academy of Health Sciences @ PGCC 
  • Aerospace Engineering and Aviation Technology @ DuVal HS 
All three programs are serviced by the same test yet have some differences in their acceptance criteria. This year, applications for the programs will be processed online. Grade 8 and 9 students may apply for the Science and Technology Program. Only grade 8 students may apply for the Academy of Health Sciences @ PGCC and the Aerospace Engineering and Aviation Technology @ DuVal HS. 

Science and Technology Testing

A nationally normed multiple-choice achievement test is administered to eighth and ninth grade students as part of the Science and Technology Admissions Program. Three Science and Technology centers service Prince George's County schools: Oxon Hill High School, Eleanor Roosevelt High School, and Charles Herbert Flowers High School. Students accepted for admission will attend one of the three Science and Technology Centers based upon their legal home residence in Prince George's County. 
ALL PGCPS applications for grade 8 and 9 students will be done electronically. This process will be initiated by the guidance counselor at your child's school. PGCPS students applying for the program will receive a printed application for their parents to sign. Once signed, it will be returned to the school guidance counselor and verified via the online application process.


Students currently attending private or out of state schools should complete the application on the PGCPS Department of Testing website. 

Click here to identify the Science and Technology Center for a particular address.

In order to apply, please click on the link for 2016 Private School Student Application for Specialty Programs on the menu bar of our Department of Testing homepage. The link will not be available after the November 11, 2016 deadline.

Spring testing is ONLY reserved for those students who enrolled in PGCPS after Nov. 1, 2016 or students who were registered to test in Dec. 2016 but due to documented, extenuating circumstances failed to test. Those circumstances will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Testing Dates: 
  • Week of December 5, 2016 (All PGCPS Middle School Students) 
  • December 3, 2016 (Grade 9 and Private School Students)
Applications are available and submitted by the guidance office of public middle and high schools. Non-public applications are available online and are due by Friday, November 11, 2016. For questions, please call the Department of Testing (301)702-3860. Applications for students enrolled in Prince Georges County Public schools are due to the Department of Testing by Friday, November 4, 2016.  

The scores from the PSAT 8/9 along with grades in English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies from the four quarters of the previous school year (in some cases trimester) and the first grading period of the current school year are combined to create a total score. Parents may use the SchoolMAX Family Portal to view the grades used in the formula. (Click here for directions) The total score provides the basis for selection to the High School Science and Technology Program. Approximately 2,500 students take this examination, although over 3,000 applications are filed by the time the examination is administered. Nearly twenty percent of the students taking the examination are offered admission to the Program. 

The Aerospace Engineering and Aviation Technology Program @ DuVal High School

The Aerospace Engineering and Aviation Technology Program at DuVal High School is a rigorous, four-year program that provides highly specialized college preparatory courses. The program offers an innovative, problem-based curriculum along with real-world applications of math, science and engineering, Students develop essential 21st century skills - such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication and collaboration - needed to be successful in today's world. 

The Academy of Health Sciences at Prince George's Community College


The Academy of Health Sciences @PGCC

Contact Information:
Middle and High School Guidance Counselors

Department of Testing:
Phone (301-702-3860)

Troy Brockett
Test Administration Supervisor (High School)

Donna Bradshaw
Test Administration Specialist (High School)

Margaret Evans 

Executive Director, Yakoubou Ousmanou

Owens Road Elementary School
1616 Owens Road
Oxon Hill MD 20745

tel: 301.702.3860 
fax: 301.702.3866

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