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PSAT Oct. 19th (10th grade)

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Save the Date!  PSAT at CWS on October 19th!

Mandatory:  the PSAT is mandatory for all 10th and 11th grade students with the exception of those who are on exchange at this time.  If your student cannot attend, s/he must bring written permission from you to the High School Office by Thursday, October 17th at 4:00 pm. 

What is tested:  critical reading, math problem-solving, and writing skills

Why take it:  to practice taking a standardized test under timed conditions; to determine which areas to focus on when preparing for the SAT or ACT.  It is a practice test for most students.  Eleventh grade students who score in the 90th percentile or above may be considered in the National Merit Scholarship competition.  PSAT scores are not sent to colleges or universities.

Where:  students will find their room assignments near the high school office on the 3rd floor.

Start Time:  8:15 am; testing begins promptly at 8:30

End Time:  approximately 11:30 for regular testing and 12:30 for extended time testing

Bring:  #2 pencils, erasers and a calculator; students may bring a snack to eat during scheduled breaks

Cost:  $16.00; checks can be made to CWS and brought on test day; alternatively this fee will be added to your CWS account; fee waivers are available to families who qualify

Preparation:  Each 10th and 11th grade student will receive an Official Student Guide to the PSAT in his/her box in the high school that includes a practice test (with answer key) and information about the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Healthy attitude:  students are encouraged to take the test seriously as it is similar to the SAT and scores are an indicator of college readiness for many students.  The PSAT can be thought of as a tool for self-assessment and can be helpful when advising students.  Undue stress, however, need not be part of the process.  There are many examples of successful college students and professionals whose abilities are not reflected in their college application test scores.  Colleges continue to state that a student's grades and willingness to challenge him/herself academically on a day-to-day basis is the most important factor in both admissions and college success.