All 9th & 10th graders will have the opportunity to take the PSAT, free of charge, during school hours. More information will be provided closer to the testing date.
Need to Know:
During test administration, students will not be able to access their bags. All cell phones should be turned off and placed in their bag. All bags will be placed in a designated area in each testing room.
Test Time: 7:25 AM – 11:00 AM
Pencils: Students must bring two (2) sharpened #2 pencils
Calculator: Although no question requires calculator use, students are strongly encouraged to bring a calculator. A scientific or graphing calculator is allowed and recommended for the portion of the test that allows use of a calculator. CALCULATORS WILL NOT BE PROVIDED.
Test Results: Online scores will be available in June.
The PSAT allows you:
– To open the door to college
– To prepare for the PSAT/NMSQT and SAT
– To begin the college search
– To get feedback on how to improve academically
– To explore college majors and careers
– To predict success in Advanced Placement courses.
For 9th Graders this test is a good baseline to determine whether freshmen are on track for college level reading and math. The test also helps to determine whether students will be ready for Advanced Placement (AP) courses the following year. 9th Graders will have set up their College Board account which allows students to track their scores and has good resources for reading and math practice.
PSAT 9 Student Guide Page 17 – https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/pdf/psat-8-9-student-guide.pdf
PSAT 10 Student Guide Page 27 – https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/pdf/official-student-guide-psat-10.pdf
All 10th grade students are expected to participate in the free PSAT10 administration.This test will track the progress they have made since taking the PSAT 9 last year. Tenth grade students are currently scheduled into a PSAT test prep course to help them practice. Practice of 20 hours or more is associated with score gains of more than 100 points. A program called Naviance is used by students for practice and for career planning. They will also eventually use it to submit and track college recommendation requests in their junior and senior year. It is a good idea to sit down with your child and have them show you how Naviance works. Students can learn more about and practice for the upcoming test by visiting collegeboard.org or khanacademy.org. Please contact the Counseling office if you have any questions.