On April 11, kids in Florida will be taking the FCAT 2.0, a more challenging test, with more questions that measure critical thinking skills.
"It's taking information that students know and having them apply it to different situations, so it's a lot of critical thinking. That's what makes it more difficult this year," said Jennifer Wise, principal at Kanapaha Middle School.
The math and reading version of FCAT 2.0 is being phased in for many grades this year, as well as tougher high school graduation requirements, according to school officials.
"That is a very very high hurdle for our students to get over," said Jackie Johnson, spokesperson for Alachua County Public Schools. The state has raised the passing score on the tenth grade reading FCAT.
"A student will have to score a level three on that FCAT 10th grade reading test, that is equivalent to scoring in the top 20-25 percent of students nationwide," she said.
While the FCAT is a high stakes test for all, teachers at Kanapaha middle are trying to encourage students not to sweat.
"We really emphasize with the students that you're prepared for this test, you know how to do well, take your time, show us what you know and what you're able to do, and the rest will take care of itself," said Wise.
Click HERE for the April 2011 FCAT Schedule