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Super Test Day

Posted on 09/29/2019
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On Wednesday, October 16, Ralston Valley 9th-11th graders will be taking the PSAT/NMQT. The test will provide valuable practice for our 9th, 10th and 11th grade students, who will all be taking the SAT, PSAT10 and PSAT9 in the spring semester (as required by the state). Our Juniors will be able to qualify for the National Merit Scholar Program if they perform well on the test.

Super Test Day is a required school day for students in grades 9-11. Seniors do not participate in PSAT testing and will not have school on Oct. 16.

Schedule for the day:

7:10 – 7:25 – Grades 9, 10 and 11 should make their way to their assigned classroom.  Rosters and room assignments are posted outside of the Counseling Office.

7:25 ~ 11:45 – PSAT testing.  (This is the expected time frame for all standard time rooms).  Students are dismissed at the conclusion of the test.  For students that cannot get a ride until the end of the day, activities will be available in the gym and the cafeteria will be open as a quiet place to study. 

11:25 – 12:00 – Lunch will be served. (For students in rooms where extended time offered, the cafeteria will remain open until 2:00.)

12:00 ~ 2:30 – Alternative activities available for students in the west end of the school.

3:10 – Buses will run a normal schedule in the afternoon.

What are the expected benefits of taking the PSAT?

  • Juniors can qualify for National Merit Scholarships based on their performance on the PSAT.
  • Results are shared with your student’s classroom teachers to help them better understand your student’s needs and make adjustments to instruction.
  • Once your student’s score is uploaded into their College Board account, they will have access to free test prep though College Board.
  • Students can link their scores with Khan Academy.  Khan Academy will use these results to offer customized lesson to help fill in gaps in your student’s mastery of content.  Similarly, Khan Academy can also be used to accelerate your student’s learning. 
  • Students will have an opportunity to sit through the testing process.  This serves as great practice as they prepare for the SAT that they will take in the Spring of their Junior year. 
  • Since students will be taking the same test in 9th, 10th and 11th grade, the PSAT will offer an opportunity to track your student’s progress.
  • These results can also be used to help students discover AP course readiness.

 

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