Spring Testing Newsletter

2017

Testing Schedule

April 11

  1. Juniors Testing 7:30-12:30 : SAT with essay (https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/practice)
  2. Freshmen Testing 7:30-12:30: PSAT 9 (https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-8-9)
  3. Sophomores & Seniors: NO school


All testers should report to school at their regular time. We would like them to be ready at their assigned testing room for check no later than 7:30. If possible it would be helpful if they were waiting for check-in outside their testing room by 7:20. ALL students should bring the following items:

1. Photo ID (school ID or Driver's license)

2. Pencils - no. 2 sharpened NON mechanical pencils

3. Calculator*

4. Optional but strongly recommended to bring snack/drink for break it's a long test.


https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/taking-the-test/test-day-checklist


* Calculators: most graphing and all scientific and four function calculators are acceptable( four function calculators are allowed, but not recommended)


Other Tips/info:


Cellphone and other electronic devices: Students are strongly advised not to bring any cellphone or electronic devices into the testing room. College Board has very strict policies for electronic devices in the room. Collegeboard states: If a student's cellphone or electronic device makes a noise, or the student is seen using it or attempting to access it at any time, including during breaks, he or she will be dismissed immediately, scores will be cancelled and the device may be confiscated.

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/taking-the-test/phone-electronic-device-policy


Lockers: Students will NOT have access to their lockers during the testing period. Please plan accordingly. Students may access their lockers before testing begins dropping off book bags and cellphones which should not be brought to the testing room.


Transportation: normal morning bus runs for 9th and 11th grade students. Students will be released at approximately 12:30. Transportation will be provided home.


Lunch: No lunch will be provided. Students can bring a snack/beverage to testing room where they will be directed on where to place it. Students will need to eat snack and drink outside the classroom.


OSTC

No OSTC transportation for Juniors or Seniors on April 11th. Seniors may attend OSTC if they provide their own transportation


April 12

  1. Junior Testing 7:30-10:40: WorkKeys
  2. Sophomore Testing 7:30-11:00: PSAT 10 (https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/inside-the-test)
  3. Freshmen and Seniors: no AM testing, report to school at 11:30 for PM classes (no lunch)
  4. ALL students in class 11:35-2:30: attend 4th -6th hours.


All testers should report to school at their regular time. We would like them to be at their assigned testing room for check in no later than 7:30. If possible it would be helpful if they were waiting for check-in outside their testing room by 7:20. ALL students should bring the following items:

1. Photo ID (school ID or Driver's license)

2. Pencils - no. 2 sharpened NON mechanical pencils

3. Calculator*

4. Optional-bring small snack/drink for break.


* Calculators: most graphing and all scientific and four function calculators are acceptable( four function calculators are allowed, but not recommended)


Other Tips/Info:


Cellphone and other electronic devices: Students are strongly advised not to bring any cellphone or electronic devices into the testing room. College Board has very strict policies for electronic devices in the room. Collegeboard states: If a student's cellphone or electronic device makes a noise, or the student is seen using it or attempting to access it at any time, including during breaks, he or she will be dismissed immediately, scores will be cancelled and the device may be confiscated.


Lockers: Students will not have access to their lockers during testing. Please plan accordingly. Students may access their locker before testing begins to drop off book bags, cellphones and anything else that should not be brought into the testing room.


Transportation:

  • 10th and 11th graders busses will run normal morning pickups.
  • 9th and 12th graders busses will run 3.5 hours later than their normal pickup times


Lunch:

11th graders: On or off campus lunch from 10:45-11:30

10th graders: on campus lunch from 11:00-11:30

9th and 12th graders: no lunch


OSTC

11th grade OSTC-NO AM

11th/12th grade PM OSTC transportation provided after WorkKeys

12th grade AM OSTC may attend OSTC but provide own transportation

April 13th- M-STEP for Juniors

Students will take Michigan Science and Social Studies tests online through their social studies classes on Thursday April 13th. Students will sit for a two hour block of time to complete both tests. Students who are not in a social studies course this semester will be testing 1st and 2nd hours in room A234.

What the tests are testing!

SAT sections and timings

SAT with Essay

Section 1: Reading (65 minutes)

10 minute break

Section 2: Writing and Language (35 minutes)

Section 3: Math-NO calc ( 25 minutes)

5 minute break

Section 4: Math -Calc ( 55 minutes)

2 minute stretch

Section 5: Essay (50 minutes)


Hopefully by now you have linked for PSAT scores to Khan academy for free test prep. Also please view the SAT practice packet we handed out at testing registration.

Sending Scores to SAT

Sending your SAT scores to colleges

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/scores/sending-scores/how-to-send


You are able to send your scores at no charge to as many as four colleges or programs. This is optional and there will be an opportunity to complete this on your SAT answer document or you can submit your requests online. If you are planning to submit your requests online you have until April 20th to do so for free, anytime after this date will include a charge. Refer to page 30 & 31 in your SAT Registration Brochure (small gray packet) for more details regarding sending score and score choice.

Please note:


Oakland University's college code was left off the SAT list. Please use 1497 to send your SAT score to OU.

Workkeys Tests sections and timing

Workkeys

  1. Reading for Information (45 minutes)
  2. Applied Mathematics (45 minutes)

15 minute break

3. Locating Information (45 minutes)

PSAT Sections and Timing

PSAT 10

APPROXIMATE TIMINGS

Section 1: Reading (60 minutes)

5 minute classroom break

Section 2: Writing and Language Test (35 minutes)

Section 3: Math –No Calculator (25 minutes)

5 minute classroom break

Section 4: Math-Calc (45 minutes)


PSAT 8/9

APPROXIMATE TIMINGS

Pre-administration (30-35 minutes)

Section 1: Reading (55 minutes)

5 minute classroom break

Section 2: Writing and Language Test (30 minutes)

Section 3: Math –No Calculator (20 minutes)

5 minute classroom break

Section 4: Math-Calc (40 minutes)

5 minute classroom break

Section 5: Variable section with Reading, Writing, and Language or Math questions: (20 minutes)

Test Prep Information

  1. Students were given a "Getting Ready for the SAT or PSAT" during registration on March 29th. Students are encouraged to review this packet prior to test day.
  2. Collegeboard recommends Khan Academy for official SAT prep. https://www.khanacademy.org/sat


Other resources:

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/inside-the-test

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/practice

Suggestion for Getting your Mind and Body prepped for testing

Go to bed early and get a really good nights rest. Stay off technology at least 30 minutes before you want to try and go to sleep.


Eat a healthy, good breakfast with some protein and complex carbs. Don't eat simple sugars like donuts, pop tarts, etc.


Breath! Visualize yourself doing well!

Breathe

Body Control Before Mind Control - Breathing


When you experience stress, you often breath high in your chest and can have trouble truly focusing because the pre-frontal cortex isn't in line.


To slow your heart rate back down and trick your body into calmness, focus your breathing in your diaphragm. This is your stomach area. It should be moving in slowly (the diaphragm rises) and out slowly when you exhale (the diaphragm gently falls).

Breath in through your nose slowly for about 4 seconds and out slowly through your mouth for about 6 seconds. And repeat.


While you breath, you can even silently repeat words to yourself, like "strong," or "calm," or "relaxed." Or you can visualize yourself doing something that is calm and relaxing to you.