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PSAT Testing Information for 9th-11th Graders

Reported by on 9/20/17


On October 11th, the PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) will be administered to all 9th, 10th and 11th graders.

Parent/Guardian Notification Letter (English)
Parent/Guardian Notification Letter (Spanish)

The school day has been adjusted for testing, beginning at 7:25 AM and concluding at 12:30 PM. Busses will depart at 12:40 PM. October 11th is a non-attendance day for seniors who are encouraged to use the day for college and career exploration. Registration for the PSAT/NMSQT is taken care of here at school and there is no cost to students for testing.

The PSAT/NMSQT assesses reading, writing, language and mathematics reasoning focusing on knowledge and skills predictive of college and career readiness and success. This testing experience will help prepare students for the experience of taking the SAT, which they will be required to do in the spring of their junior year. Additionally, juniors may qualify for entry into national scholarship programs through the PSAT/NMSQT. Students are also encouraged to go online to for additional test preparation resources related to the PSAT.

More information is available on the PSAT-NMSQT Student Guide.

Students should prepare for testing on October 11th by:
• Getting a good night's sleep and eating a nutritious breakfast.
• Being on time for school. Testing starts promptly at 7:25 AM.
• Keeping cell phones in their lockers.
• Bringing two #2 pencils, a calculator, student ID, and a healthy snack to testing.

Students can find their testing rooms at

This is a tremendous opportunity for our students. It's a checkpoint along a very important journey heading toward the opportunities that lie beyond graduation. Students’ scores will be available through their College Board accounts in December. Students new to PSAT testing are encouraged to create a College Board account using their personal e-mail address. Students will receive more information about how to create their College Board accounts at school. A list-serve message will be sent out when scores are posted to student accounts. Please contact your student's guidance counselor if you have questions regarding the PSAT/NMSQT.

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