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Preliminary PSAT

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What is the PSAT?
The PSAT is a 2 hour 45 minute test that measures skills that are important for success in college. These skills are critical reading, math and writing. Students take the PSAT in order to practice for the SAT, seek information from colleges, get feedback about critical academic skills, and enter scholarship competitions. Juniors (American citizens only) who take the 2015 PSAT/NMSQT will be entered in the 2016 scholarship competitions conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).

Who takes the PSAT?
All juniors and all sophomores, other than first-year ESL students, will take the PSAT on the Academy campus.

When is the PSAT administered?
The PSAT will be given on October 19, 2016 on the SMA campus from approximately 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Where does a student take the PSAT?
Testing will take place in several locations on campus; rosters will be posted in English classrooms.

How does a student register for the PSAT?
Registration will be completed in English classes and Advisory classes prior to the day of the test.

What should a student bring with him or her to take the PSAT?
Test-takers should bring at least two sharpened #2 pencils (no mechanical pencils) with good erasers. While no questions require calculator use, students are strongly encouraged to bring a calculator (scientific or graphic calculators are recommended).

How much does the PSAT cost?
A fee of $25 will be charged to each participating studentís account.

What about score reports?
The score reports are one of the most valuable tools to assist students in preparing to take the SAT. They are available online in December.

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