WHO: Students in grades 10 and 11 have the option of taking the PSAT. There is a potential scholarship attached to scoring on the PSAT. However, PSAT scores in grade 10 do not apply to the scholarship.
WHAT: The PSAT (Preliminary SAT) is the qualifying exam for the National Merit Scholarship. The PSAT measures critical reading, mathematical reasoning, and writing skills.
WHERE: Chester Area School
WHEN: October 13, 2010. Testing time is approximately 2 ˝ hours.
WHY: There is discussion on the relevance of the PSAT. The scholarship is extremely competitive, and it is rare for students to earn the scholarship (No student from Chester has ever earned semi-finalist status). However, students may wish to take the PSAT to increase their test-taking skills.
HOW: The PSAT is entirely optional. Cost to take the PSAT is $13 per student.
The scholarship process:
1) Take PSAT (October),
2) Become semi-finalist and complete another application,
3) Become finalists where there are three types of scholarships.
If your student wants to take the PSAT, please let me know and send $13.00 for the cost of the test by October 4.
After the PSAT, your student will have free access to My College QuickStart™, a personalized planning kit based on their test results. Students are able to take the next steps towards college with these unique features:
· An online score report, including projected SAT score ranges, state percentiles, and the power to sort answer explanations by difficulty and by question type;
· A customized SAT study plan;
· Personalized lists of colleges, majors, and careers.
· Access to MyRoad™ - a college, majors, and careers exploration tool.