What the PSAT means for Parents
Important information regarding the Practice SAT
STEM's PSAT/NMSQT program measures your learner's College Readiness and helps Earn Scholarship Money
- The PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) is only given once a year.
- It is the only practice exam for the SAT (Scholastice Aptitude Test), a college entrance exam and a measure of College Readiness.
- Students who take the PSAT in 11th grade, on average, score 131 points higher on the SAT than students who do not take it.
- Students in grades 10 and 11 who take the PSAT score, on average, 155 points higher on the SAT than students who do not take it.
- Information from your learner's PSAT will be used to help develop their readiness for college courses that require critical thinking.
- The PSAT is also the exam that determines eligibility for 11th graders to qualify for $44 million in scholarships through the National Merit Scholarship Program.
- The PSAT supports college and career planning with tools like My College QuickStart, a personalized tool that supports online seaches for colleges, majors, and personalized SAT study plans.
Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test @ STEM High School
Saturday, Oct. 18th, 8am-12pm
123 S Forge St
Students must arrive at STEM by 8:00 a.m. so that testing may begin ontime. They are advised to bring:
- Two #2 pencils
- A Calculator (for info on the calculator use, go to https://www.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt/approved-calculators)
- Get plenty of sleep the night before the test and eat breakfast so that you have the energy to stay focused during the test.
The PSAT costs $15 (cash or money order). This fee must be paid in order to reserve the test. By RSVP'ing below, you indicate that you have an interest in your learner taking the PSAT. When $15 is brought in to Coach Howard, your learner will receive a receipt along with practice test materials.
RSVPs are enabled for this event.
Agenda for the Day
8:00 - arrive for testing, check in and report to testing room. Light refreshments will be available
8:30 - testing will begin. Late arrivals will be admitted to a seperate location if time permits.
The test consists of:
Two 25-minute Critical Reading Sections
Two 25-minute Math Reasoning Sections
One 30-minute Writing Skills Section
There is one 5-minute break between sections 2 and 3 and one 1-minute stretch break between sections 4 and 5.
Noon - testing will be completed by noon. Students must have arrangements for a ride home following testing.
For more information, contact Coach Howard.