PSAT/NMSQT - October 2015
Refugio high school will offer the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) to any interested student in grades 8 -11. The PSAT is a multiple-choice assessment of verbal, mathematics, and writing skills. The PSAT is an optional test that provides practice for the SAT Reasoning Test through personalized feedback of student performance with suggestions for improvement. The SAT Reasoning Test, taken later in the junior year, can be used as a standardized test in college applications and may be helpful for students wanting to pursue admission to highly competitive colleges or universities. The PSAT also serves as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT). Top performing juniors nationally (approximately 1%) may be eligible for money through National Merit, National Achievement, or National Hispanic Scholarship funds.
Refugio high school will offer the test for 10th and 11th grade on Wednesday, October 14, 2015, and for 8th and 9th grade on Wednesday, October 28th 2015. The purpose of the test is to give all students an opportunity to experience taking a college readiness test and to identify students who might benefit from advanced coursework. Even if your student has not yet decided to attend college, I urge you to make sure he or she participates.
By taking the PSAT/NMSQT® your child will have access to resources that will help prepare him/her for the future. Two resources that will be a benefit to all students are:
- A list of personalized careers and potential college majors based on the preferences indicated on the PSAT/NMSQT®; and
- Access to MyRoad™, the College Board's interactive college and career planning website.
Other resources that will be provided to all 10th graders who participate in the test include the following:
- MY COLLEGE QUICK START™, a personalized interactive planning program based on the individual student’s test results;
- an online score report, including projected SAT® score ranges, state percentiles, and the ability to sort answer explanations by difficulty and question type;
- opportunity to see what Advanced Placement classes the student has potential to do well;
- a customized SAT® study plan including a review of results, SAT® practice questions, and personalized skill improvement ideas.
If you would like additional information about the PSAT/NMSQT® and how it will be administered at our school, please contact Britton Elliott at 526-1057. If you would like additional information from The College Board, you may sign up for a newsletter at http://www.collegeboard.com/parents/.