Per regulations, students may become eligible to take a Keystone Exam prior to taking the course by scoring at the advanced level on the relevant PSSA assessment immediately preceding that course. If a student is eligible to “pretest” a Keystone Exam and scores at the proficient or advanced level on that test prior to taking the course, the student will not need to retake the Keystone Exam after taking the course. A student will not receive course credit on the high school transcript based on their performance on a Keystone Exam “pretest.” In the areas of Biology and Algebra 1, a student “pretesting” at the Advanced level can move to the next course in the sequence
For example, a seventh-grade student may be enrolled in a Pre-Algebra course. If that student scored at the Advanced level on the sixth grade PSSA Mathematics assessment, he or she will be offered the opportunity – if desired – to attempt the Keystone Exam for Algebra 1. The student would take the Algebra 1 Keystone Exam prior to taking the course. If a Proficient performance level is earned, the student’s score is “banked” for graduation purposes and may not be retaken later. If an Advanced performance level is earned, the student may “skip” the Algebra 1 course and move directly to Geometry as an eighth-grader. A student will not receive course credit on the high school transcript for the “skipped” course.