PSAT - Wednesday, October 19, 2016                                                                                                                                                                                             

The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT.  It also gives 11th grade students a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools.
This is the first year that our district is providing the test to all 10th grade students at no cost in order to prepare them for their junior year, college readiness, and increase their chance for a Scholarship qualifying score when they re-take the PSAT as a Junior in 2017-18. 
The PSAT/NMSQT measures student's critical reading, Math problem-solving and writing skills.  It also gives feedback on student's strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study as well as helping by focusing his/her preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice. In addition, this test will prepare students for the SAT since they become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions they will see on the SAT. Additional benefits of the PSAT Exam: 
  • Connects students to colleges and universities across the country and to scholarship organizations.
  • Prepares students for the new SAT, college and fuels practice recommendations on Khan Academy (free personalized and focused practice)!
  • Matches students with AP courses that make the most of their academic strengths.  AP classes can provide an edge in the college admission process, and an opportunity to earn college credit. 
PSAT test will be administered at Clark on October 19th, 2016, during periods 1 and 3.   All juniors are encouraged to take this test.  They may purchase the test in the Main Office September 20-30 (last day of sales will be Friday, September 30), during lunch and Enrichment. Each student will receive an Official Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT booklet which contains a separate pull-out practice test and answer key to help prepare them for the test.  The cost of the 2016 PSAT is $20 cash or check made out to CMHS with your student's name and ID number.