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Please review the information regarding the PSAT 8/9 for parents as outlined by The College Board (2016) below:

 

What is the PSAT 8/9?

The PSAT 8/9 is an assessment given to eighth and ninth graders that is closely aligned with the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, and PSAT 10.  It consists of questions in evidence-based reading, writing, and math.

What are the benefits of taking the PSAT 8/9 assessment?

The PSAT 8/9 helps establish a baseline for students as they enter high school and begin preparing for college and career readiness. It provides students with access to data and personalized study through the online College Board and Khan Academy’s resources. The PSAT 8/9 test scores are NOT sent to colleges.

How should my child prepare?

The best preparation is to deeply engage in classroom learning and practice skills over time.  Your child may encounter some difficult questions that he or she does not know how to answer.  Advise your child not to get discouraged if this happens, but to answer every question to the best of his or her ability.  Be sure that your child gets a good night’s sleep and eats a healthy breakfast in the morning.

What should my child bring on test day?

Cristo Rey Tampa High School will supply No. 2 pencils and calculators. 

How long will the assessment take and how many questions are there?

Actual testing time is 2 hours and 25 minutes.  There are 42 Reading questions, 40 Writing and Language questions and 38 Math questions.

How does my child receive PSAT 8/9 scores?

Your child will get a paper score report at Cristo Rey Tampa High School with a unique code giving him or her access to an online score report.  The online experience is designed to help you and your child understand the scores and to use the feedback to build new skills based on a detailed breakdown of your child’s performance.

What is the PSAT NMSQT?

The PSAT/NMSQT is a perfect opportunity for college-bound students to practice test-taking skills and compete for national scholarships.

What are the benefits of taking the PSAT NMSQT?

The highest scorers on the PSAT/NMSQT qualify to compete for scholarships offered through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, a co-sponsor of the exam, and they can also receive prestigious recognition as National Merit Scholars. In conjunction with the PSAT/NMSQT, students are also able to access an online college and career 

planning feature called MyRoad. After taking the test, students will begin to receive information from colleges. However, for most students who take the PSAT/NMSQT, the main purpose is to gain authentic practice for the SAT. The test not only builds familiarity with the SAT but also contains a diagnostic element that provides feedback on skills so students learn from their mistakes. Students have the opportunity to take the PSAT/NMSQT at the end of their sophomore year and again, if they like, at the beginning of their junior year.

How should my child prepare?

Your child can prepare for the PSAT NMSQT test by visiting collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/practice for a full practice test and sample questions.  Due to fact that the PSAT NMSQT follows the same assessment design principles as the SAT, students can also use Khan Academy’s free personalized SAT practice resources at khanacademy.org/sat.

What should my child bring on test day?

Cristo Rey Tampa High School will provide No. 2 Pencils and calculators. 

How long will the assessment take and how many questions are there?

Actual testing time is 2 hours and 10 minutes. There are 47 Reading questions, 44 Writing and Language questions and 48 Math questions.

How does my child receive PSAT NMSQT scores?

Your child will get a paper score report at Cristo Rey Tampa High School with a unique code giving him or her access to an online score report.  Students will also receive My College Quick Start, an online personalized college planning kit based on their test results—with access until they graduate high school. Students can take the next steps toward college with three powerful features: (1) an online score report including projected SAT score ranges, state percentiles, and the power to sort answer explanations by difficulty and question type (2) a customized SAT study plan that includes a full-length SAT practice test, and (3) personalized lists of colleges, majors, and careers that may be researched using MyRoad PLAN. 

 

 

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