Dear Grade 9 and 10 Parents,
In order to ensure the interest of our students and the continuous communication between the school and respected parents, T. I. S. is honoured to inform you that our students will appear for the PSAT test, which will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2019. The PSAT is a slightly shorter version of the SAT, which is a college entrance exam students will have to take early in senior year.
We administer the PSAT to juniors for three reasons:
First, it’s a valuable opportunity for a “practice run”—a chance to take a formal, timed test that mimics a college entrance exam without the prospect of score reports to colleges. It also enables us to identify and take steps to help students who struggle with standardized testing before they begin taking the SAT early in senior year.
Second, the PSAT is scored similarly to the SAT, so the results are roughly predictive of students’ SAT performance.
Third, juniors who score in the top 3% of testers enter the National Merit Scholarship competition and may qualify further to compete for a number of college scholarships. These awards are available to students regardless of financial need. We have already provided your children with three PSAT Tests, which were discussed by their teachers in class. In addition, your children can find more PSAT Tests to practice on the school’s website.
It is important that students carefully take the practice tests at home under timed conditions to gauge the pace they will need to maintain during the actual exam.
We highly recommend more comprehensive preparation and suggest the following.
- free test prep services through Khan Academy at khanacademy.org/sat
- free, live-streaming, one-hour lessons through Kaplan at kaptest.com/psatprep
- practice tests, tips, and strategies at collegeboard.org and in print.
IMPORTANT NOTES TO SHARE:
*Sleep and eat! A good night’s sleep for at least three nights preceding the exam and a healthy breakfast on April 14 are important for sustained mental focus and function.
*Bring an approved calculator! Calculators are permitted and advantageous during the exam. We recommend that your child brings a fully charged calculator and fresh batteries.
*Be on time! The test will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. and conclude before lunch. Students should arrive by 7:30 a.m.
Students who arrive after testing has begun will not be allowed to test. Late or absent students will not have another chance to take the PSAT this year.
We urge all juniors to approach the PSAT with seriousness of purpose and wish them all the best in their performance. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the head of school.
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