Upcoming PSAT Exam for Scholars in Grades 7-11: A Note to Parents and Scholars

As we are certain that you’ve heard, we will administer the PSAT next Wednesday, October 16th.

Some Background Information Regarding the PSAT: The Preliminary SAT, also known as the “PSAT/NMSQT®,” a National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, is a preparatory version of the SAT exam. Scholars can only take the PSAT once per year, and Haas Hall Academy scholars in grades 7-11 at all four of our campuses will be taking some version of the test. If scholars earn a high score on the PSAT their junior year, they could qualify to receive a National Merit Scholarship. (Scholarships totaling $180 million are awarded to students each year, and a third of last year’s junior class were National Merit Scholarship nominees.) Testing scholars’ skills in reading, writing, and math, the PSAT itself takes two hours and 45 minutes. Unlike the SAT, the highest score possible on the PSAT is 1520.

Testing will begin next Wednesday, October 16th. Please be sure that scholars are well-rested and well-fed and on campus no later than 7:45 a.m. on Wednesday because testing will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m.

The testing room assignments have been posted on the wall in the administrative wing of campus, and we have made a few changes to the room assignments, based upon last week’s practice exam. Scholars, please double-check and note your room assignments today so that you’ll know where to go on Wednesday morning.

Scholars, also note that personal items are not permitted in the testing rooms. All backpacks and electronic devices, including smart watches, will be stored on the mezzanine and stairs in the Commons. Please note that scholars may not access any of their personal items once testing begins, so, Scholars, if you bring water or a snack, be certain that you remove those items from your backpacks before testing begins. Only snacks and drinks can be stored in the hallways outside of your testing rooms.

Scholars must bring the following items on test day:

1. No. 2 pencil(s);
2. an eraser; and
3. a College Board-approved calculator to use on the math (calculator) portion of the exam. (Also, we recommend that you bring back-up batteries for your calculators.)

The regularly scheduled exam will take approximately 3 hours and 50 minutes to administer, but testing will be taking place for the duration of the day. Scholars, be certain that you stay quiet in the hallways, classrooms, and outside of the school until you hear from Dr. Rod that all testing has concluded.

The close alignment between the PSAT/NMSQT and the SAT means that scholars can prepare for the PSAT/NMSQT by accessing the Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy for free, personalized, online practice (satpractice.org).

Should you have any questions regarding the information listed above or test day procedures, please contact Mrs. Kate. Her email address is as follows: katherinecochran@haashall.org.

As always, we thank you for your support and for being part of our wonderful community. Go Huskies!

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