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All juniors will take PSAT on Oct. 19





Hello juniors and parents of juniors:

On the morning of Oct. 19, TVHS will administer the PSAT/NMSQT exam to all 11th grade students, free of charge. Instead of attending their regular classes, students should report to the testing location at 8 a.m. The test will take approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes.

The PSAT measures reading, writing and math reasoning abilities that are important for success in college. Taking the test enables students to practice for the SAT Test, which most students will take for the first time during their junior or senior year in high school.

For juniors, this test acts as a qualifying exam for various National Merit Scholarship Competitions. Sitting for this test will hopefully reduce student anxiety and increase familiarity with the standardized College Board testing program. Please note that it is only when a student takes the PSAT during their junior year that they qualify for these prestigious awards—tests taken during sophomore year do not qualify.

After taking this test, students will receive specific feedback on their strengths and weaknesses in certain skill areas. They will also see how their performance on a college admissions test might compare with the performance of other students their own age. You can find more information as well as practice problems at www.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt.

A 2016 PSAT Student Bulletin, which contains a practice test and other pertinent information about the PSAT, will be distributed in your child’s Inventing America class. Please encourage your son/daughter to bring this material home for your review. Your student should also remember to bring #2 pencils and a scientific or graphing calculator to the test. No other materials are permitted.

If you have questions about this test, the SAT, or the college admissions process in general, I encourage you to contact our counselor, Laura Lee, at llee@techvalleyhigh.org.

Jim Niedermeier
Principal and CAO


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