PSAT details for October 16, 2019

Wed, 09/25/2019 - 6:55am

All 9th – 11th grade students will be participating in the administration of the PSAT on Wednesday, October 16.

  • The PSATs will take place on Wednesday, October 16th, beginning at 7:25 am.  All 9th grade students will participate in the PSAT 8/9 while 10th and 11th grade students will participate in the PSAT/NMSQT.  The test will only be offered once and there is no make-up date for students who are late or absent from school.
  • Each student will be completing a student data questionnaire that is part of the October 16th Preliminary SAT (PSAT) assessment. The questionnaire consists of basic information for reporting scores (name, student id, school, sex and birth date) and a set of optional personal questions. Information on the data collected and how it can be used by CollegeBoard is located in the following student guides:
  1. PSAT 8/9 (Grade 9):

  2. PSAT/NMSQT (Grade 10/11):

  3. Students will be asked if they would like to share the personal questionnaire information with eligible colleges, universities, scholarships, and educational opportunity programs (Item 14 for PSAT 8/9 and Item 15 for PSAT/NMSQT). If you do not want your child to share the data or complete the questionnaire please advise your child to leave all optional questions blank and select “No” for Item 14 on PSAT 8/9 or Item 15 on PSAT/NMSQT., or email the school’s PSAT Coordinator Amy Weinberg and indicate that you would like to opt your student out of the questionnaire data sharing.
  • All students have been pre-registered.
  • Students should look at posted lists outside the cafeteria and media center prior to Wednesday to find their testing location. Staff members will also have lists and can help students find their testing locations.
  • Please bring a scientific calculator to use for the test.
  • Cell phones, Smart watches, earbuds, Bluetooth devices, iPads, laptops, etc. should be left at home or off and put away in a backpack, which will be moved to the front of the classroom.

What Will Seniors do on PSAT Day?

  • Seniors are encouraged to choose one of the following activities:
  • Use the day to visit colleges with family or work on college applications and essays at home.  Families may use one of their discretionary leave days (please send a note in with your student).
  • Seniors who do come to school on October 16 will go to the cafeteria to work on college applications and essays, with teacher support.
  • Seniors who attend ARL are expected to attend ARL classes on October 16th.

What are the advantages of PSAT participation and results:

  • The PSAT helps students prepare for the SAT. Students can become familiar with test format and test question types. Also, student scores predict SAT performance and can help with choices about further student preparation.
  • The PSAT registration also allows qualifying participants to be entered into scholarship and recognition programs (grades 10-11).
  • The PSAT is an introduction to many of the requirements for college and career-readiness.
  • Students will begin to receive information from colleges and universities as they explore their options.
  • Student performance will help to identify needed skill development and areas for improvement.

Please contact Kedre’ Fairley, Assistant Principal with questions about the PSAT.  

Additional Note for Students with Testing Accommodations:

Some students receive testing accommodations at the high school due to a disability documented through a 504 Plan or IEP.  These accommodations do not automatically apply to the PSAT or SAT. All accommodations must be approved by College Board. It is often recommended for students to take the PSAT without accommodations.  This helps students and their parents to determine if the accommodations will be beneficial on the actual SAT.  Please speak with your guidance counselor and/or case manager for additional information on the application/approval process.  

On October 16, 2019