Empire Virtual Learning Academy
Grades 9-12 Newsletter 1/13/2021
Dear Students & Families
Reasons to take the PSAT:
1. It familiarizes you with the test questions and format of the SAT. Lots of students wonder about the difference between the PSAT and SAT. The PSAT is not an exact replica of the SAT, but the questions, test formats, and scoring are similar. The PSAT, like the SAT, includes three multiple-choice tests: Reading, Writing and Language, and Mathematics. It does not include the SAT’s optional essay test.
2. You’ll get a “dress rehearsal” for test day. Taking the PSAT in a classroom, with other students, under strict time limits with a proctor present is the closest simulation you’ll get to taking the real SAT. This “dry run” may help you feel less nervous when you take the SAT.
3. Your PSAT results can guide your test prep. Your PSAT scores should highlight your strengths and any areas of improvement that you need to work on before you take the SAT. In addition to many other test prep services available to you (both online and brick-and-mortar), the College Board, alongside Khan Academy, offers free test prep personalized to your PSAT scores.
4. Your PSAT results can exempt you from other forms of testing if you would like to take dual credit. Many dual credit (classes where you can earn college credit and high school credit at the same time) classes have prerequisites that include earning certain scores in order to qualify for college credit. In some cases, PSAT scores can exempt the student from additional testing.
5. Taking the PSAT as a junior can qualify you for the National Merit Scholarship Program. When you take the PSAT/NMSQT, you may meet requirements to enter the National Merit Scholarship Program and compete for national recognition and college scholarships.
Preparing for Third Trimester
Trimester 2 Final Exam information will be announced in February. If any student has completed a course early and would like to go ahead and take a final exam, they can schedule that with Mr. Branam at the learning center. Exams can be scheduled Monday-Friday from 10am-2pm. Please email Mr. Branam to schedule an exam time at mailto:email@example.com
Be looking for an intent form to complete for each Empire student in grades 9-12 in February. A completed form will be required to continue with Empire or transition back to in-person learning at BNL. Families can expect the trimester 3 form in parent emails.
Our Empire counselor, Mrs. Taylor is already working on loading Trimester 3 courses to student accounts in EdOptions. If you have questions or concerns about this process, please contact Mrs. Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Contact Mr. Branam with any questions: email@example.com
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