PSAT

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
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: 07-24-1997
In reply to: arryl
Fri, 09-23-2011 - 2:17pm

This is something I keep forgetting about!

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Registered: 05-13-1998
In reply to: arryl
Thu, 09-22-2011 - 4:51pm
It's standard in our county that the PSAT is taken during the school day. We don't sign our kids up or pay anything.
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Registered: 07-26-1999
In reply to: arryl
Thu, 09-22-2011 - 12:26pm
Huh. You'd think they would want to prepare the kids if possible to take it and let them take it at least once ahead of time, especially since the juniors that take it and score well can get scholarships for it. Oh well, I guess every school is different.
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Registered: 09-06-2009
In reply to: arryl
Thu, 09-22-2011 - 12:23pm

Freshman aren't allowed to take it at Niks school. Sophmores may take it but they prefer if its not takin till junior yr. There is also a charge for taking it. which is no bigg deal to me, i would have liked Nik to take it just to get used to taking these kinds of tests.

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Registered: 07-26-1999
In reply to: arryl
Thu, 09-22-2011 - 8:48am

Jordyn was smart enough not to check the box freshman year, so luckily the only college mail we've gotten is from the San Fransisco College of Art, from a seminar she attended at school for them.

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Registered: 05-27-1998
In reply to: arryl
Thu, 09-22-2011 - 8:34am

LOL on the junk mail thing. DD must have checked the box to receive college mail, because we have been getting it for almost a year, since she took the PSAT as a sophomore. She'll take it for real next month, so I will remind her to NOT check that box. Yikes!

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Registered: 09-06-2009
In reply to: arryl
Thu, 09-22-2011 - 8:11am

I am going to inquire when it is here & since Nik gets so nervous about taking any standarized tests I think if she took this when it doesn't mean anything it would be good practice for her plus she'll know & we'll know what areas she's weakest in. I guess I'll have to call the school to find out, there is not info on the school website at all.

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Registered: 03-30-2003
In reply to: arryl
Tue, 09-20-2011 - 12:19pm

My dtr took it last year as a Junior.

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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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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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