Students take PSAT (Practice SAT) 8/9 in ninth grade. The PSAT 8/9 is the first test in the SAT
Suite of Assessments. Like all of the tests in the SAT Suite, it helps students and teachers “check
in” on students’ progress and pinpoint areas for focused practice.
Students have the option to take the PSAT/NMSQT (Practice SAT/National Merit Scholarship
Qualifying Test) in October. The PSAT/NMSQT is a practice SAT exam normed for eleventh
grade students. For grade ten students it is a practice only, of a high-stakes timed test and testing
environment. For eleventh grade students it is the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
Students take the PSAT 10 in April. The PSAT 10 is a practice SAT that aligns with the SAT – it
has SAT question types including evidence support questions on the reading. Its scores are also
reported on the same scale as the SAT. The PSAT 10 is designed specifically for sophomores in
high school, so its questions are not as difficult as the PSAT/NMSQT, which is designed for
juniors. It’s important to know that the PSAT 10 does not qualify students for the National
Merit competition, even if you get a really high score. It’s just an SAT practice test.
After students take the PSAT 10, they can review their results online. Students are guided in
Advisement to link their College Board Account (College Board is the company that designs and
administers the SAT, PSAT & AP exams) with Khan Academy. Khan Academy is an online
education non-profit that was founded by Salman Khan in 2006. Khan Academy offers
thousands of free videos that cover a variety of topics, including math, economics, and
science. Anyone can sign up for a free account and have access to all the videos that Khan
Academy offers. The videos typically consist of example problems and notes handwritten by an
off-screen narrator (usually Khan himself). In 2015, Khan Academy and the College Board
teamed up to provide free SAT study tools. Khan Academy offers official study materials
for the SAT (which can also be used to prepare for the PSAT). These resources include video
lessons, full-length practice tests, quizzes, personalized practice recommendations,
sample questions and more. When students link their College Board accounts to Khan Academy,
Khan Academy guides students to prepare for the SAT based on the strengths and weaknesses
exhibited in their PSAT exam. Twenty hours spend completing test prep on Khan Academy has
been associated with an average 115-point increase from the PSAT to the SAT.
Students have the opportunity to take the PSAT/NMSQT. For grade eleven students this exam
counts as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Students can import these scores to
Khan Academy. Students are provided time in Advisory to use Khan Academy and practice for
the SAT, and are encouraged to spend time outside of school on test prep activities as well. All
grade eleven students take the SAT in April.
Students are provided time in Advisory to continue practice with Khan Academy for the SAT.
Students can import their grade eleven SAT scores into Khan Academy.
We encourage (and to the best of our ability, pay for) all students to take the SAT a second time
(the best time is after the April administration, in May or June, and/or August or October of
senior year). These test administrations are on Saturday mornings at other schools that are
testing sites. Students are also supported to take the ACT (and we can pay for that as well),
which would also be on a Saturday morning at an area testing site. The best dates for ACT are
April, June, or July of 11th grade year and/or September or October of 12th grade year.