PSAT

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Fri, 09-16-2011 - 11:18am

Its that time of year again, PSAT time:

  • Who's taking it?
  • What grade are they in?
  • Have they taken it before?
  • Any expectations?
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Registered: 05-27-1998
In reply to: arryl
Sun, 09-18-2011 - 8:14pm

DD, 11th grade, is taking it in October. She took it as a sophomore and did really well (only missed a few points on the math), so I hope she hasn't forgotten all her geometry.

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Registered: 05-13-1998
In reply to: arryl
Mon, 09-19-2011 - 1:49am

DD took the real SAT in 7th grade. Her current school requires both freshman and sophmores to take the PSAT so this Fall will be her second time taking that. I guess I expect the scores to continue to rise but I don't expect there will be a substantial jump this time like there was between 7th and 9th grades. DD always seems to do well with this style of test so that's nice.

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Registered: 07-26-1999
In reply to: arryl
Mon, 09-19-2011 - 9:17am
Jordyn is in 11th grade, this will be the second time she's taken it. She took it as a freshman, but we were out of town last year and she couldn't take it. She did really well freshman year with the exception of writing, which we knew she needed some work on, so hopefully the preparations we've done for it will help her this year.
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Registered: 12-06-1999
In reply to: arryl
Mon, 09-19-2011 - 2:19pm

DS is a sophomore and will be taking it in a few weeks. They have a 1/2 day of school and they take it in the am. First time taking it, don't expect DS to do well, he does terribly on any standardized testing.

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Registered: 07-26-1999
In reply to: arryl
Mon, 09-19-2011 - 2:57pm
They do it during the school day? I wonder if that's standard practice or it just depends on the school. ours is on a saturday morning from 7:30-11:30.
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Registered: 12-06-1999
In reply to: arryl
Mon, 09-19-2011 - 5:27pm

Yep, sopomores and juniors take the test, freshman have a retreat and the seniors have a collge essay writing workshop. I remember in the old days when I took the PSAT it was also on a Saturday.

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Registered: 09-06-2009
In reply to: arryl
Tue, 09-20-2011 - 7:14am

We've been going back & forth about it not sure whether we should let Nik take it this yr. or wait. She's a freshman. What are the benefits of aking it? I feel it will show us where she is falling short but will anyone be using this test for anything like colleges? if she does lousy this yr. I would hate for a college to hold that against her or the high school. So my question is what are the benefits of taking ot besides getting her used to taking these tests.

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Registered: 07-26-1999
In reply to: arryl
Tue, 09-20-2011 - 9:10am
My understanding is they do no send the scores to colleges, or at least not unless Nik chose on the paperwork, to send the scores to colleges. I think these kind of tests, since Junior year scores counts towards the National Merit Scholarships (correct me if I am wrong someone) and then the full SAT towards admissions, the more practice they can get taking it, and seeing ahead of time where their downfalls are, is always a good thing. Ours is free to take, so its no money out of our pocket at all either, but other schools may be different. I know when I was in school and we took the P-ACT, we had to pay to take it. Others may be able to give you a bit more insight on the pros and cons of taking it multiple times.
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Registered: 05-13-1998
In reply to: arryl
Tue, 09-20-2011 - 11:03am
PSAT scores don't go to the colleges. You can participate in a student college search where you will get information on potentiol colleges but they still won't get your scores. There are scholarships for kids who test very high in 11th grade but no consequences for those that don't.

My own DD really appreciates the practice. While she generally tests well, she's also one for which nerves can drastically alter her scores. Having a practice run makes a difference. Plus, everyone at school takes it. The scores are private and doesn't effect class placement or anything. It just gives them some direction in what to work on.
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Registered: 12-06-1999
In reply to: arryl
Tue, 09-20-2011 - 11:40am

It is free at our school, soph and juniors take it.

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