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PSAT Information for Sophomores

This year, we are handling the PSAT a little differently than in the past.  It will be administered on Wednesday, October 17, at RCHS from 8:30 to about 11:00 to all sophomores enrolled in English 10 and English 10 Honors.  It is optional, though strongly encouraged, for juniors.  Juniors who wish to take the test should bring $13.00 to the guidance office by Friday, September 28th.

Sophomores will automatically be signed up to take it.  If your child is in English 10 Foundations and you wish for him/her to take the test, please call Sarah Blackburn at 463-6150 as soon as possible.

 The PSAT is the preliminary (or “practice”) SAT.  In addition, for juniors, PSAT scores are automatically entered in the National Merit Scholarship competition. As a result of taking the PSAT, students become familiar with the format, directions, and the timing of the SAT.  It helps to lessen the anxiety and the pressure of going into the SAT testing situation without experience.  Research indicates that students fare better on the SAT if they take the PSAT first.
The PSAT/NMSQT measures skills that are important for success in college--verbal reasoning, critical reading, math, problem-solving, and writing.  Taking the PSAT/NMSQT enables students to:

         Practice for the SAT
         Get feedback about critical academic skills
         Get information from colleges
         Enter scholarship competitions (juniors only)

Mrs. Blackburn will go into English 10 classes in early October to prepare the sophomores for this important practice test.  Sophomores will get an official Student Guide to the test, which includes everything one needs to know to be prepared for test day, including a full practice test.  Juniors will get the Guide when they come to the guidance office, pay the fee, and sign up to take it.