AAP Screening Information

Advanced Academics Resource Teacher

This page will provide you information about how the Advanced Academics Programs screening and identification process works in Fairfax County.

AAP Screening and Identification

Evaluación e identificación para los servicios AAP Nivel IV

Level IV Screening Presentation

Level IV referrals are due by December 15, 2021. Referrals for students new to FCPS are due by October 7, 2021.

Level IV Screening Presentation (Spanish)

Las remisiones de nivel IV vencen el 15 de diciembre de 2021. Las remisiones para estudiantes nuevos en FCPS vencen el 7 de octubre de 2021.


In the spring, the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT) is administered to all FCPS first grade students. In the fall, the CogAT-Custom Form is administered to all FCPS second grade students. During the fall testing cycle, the NNAT and/or Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) may be administered to students in grades 3-6 who do not have an ability test score.

An initial second-grade screening pool for AAP Level IV is established using the test results from first and second-grade testing. Parents of students in the second-grade screening pool receive a letter notifying them that their child will be screened for the full-time advanced academic program. Parents may decline screening.

Students who are not in the second grade pool will not receive notification. The benchmark score used to create the second-grade initial pool will be published on the FCPS AAP website by mid-January.

The Level IV screening file for referred students is prepared by the local school Advanced Academic Programs screening committee and submitted to the FCPS central selection committee. Eligibility decisions are made by the central selection committee, and reviewed by an oversight committee. Parent/guardian(s) are notified by mail regarding eligibility.

Parent/Guardian Referrals for Full-Time AAP Level IV 

Parents or guardians of students not in the second grade screening pool may initiate the full-time AAP Level IV screening process by completing and submitting an Advanced Academic Programs Level IV Referral Form and other optional materials to the local school.

Second grade students not in the pool and all students in grades 3-7 are screened only by referral. Forms are available on the FCPS Forms for Level IV link below and in the Parent Information Packet available at the local school.

The FCPS Testing and Identification Timeline link below includes the deadline for submitting the Advanced Academic Programs Level IV Referral Form and optional materials for students in Grade 2 who are not in pool and students in Grades 3–7.

FCPS Testing and Identification Timeline for Level IV