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September 2016 - Last year, the College Board launched a new suite of assessments to include a redesigned SAT. The suite of assessments consisted of the PSAT 8/9, PSAT 10 (PSAT/MSQT), and the SAT. The redesigned SAT became available in March 2016. The redesign was done to better align the assessment with what students are learning in class and provide them with a better chance for success in higher education.
Prince George's County Public Schools has decided not to offer a districtwide SAT School Day for 11th grade students this school year 2016-17. We are currently revising our learning opportunities associated with the SAT to better serve our student body. We want teachers and students to have a chance to better familiarize themselves with the new SAT before taking it with the hope that they will improve their performance.
Students who have already taken the PSAT can access free personalized SAT study resources provided by Khan Academy. Khan Academy has partnered with the College Board to offer a study plan that is designed specifically for each student based on his/her PSAT scores. With student/parent permission, Khan Academy will use students' score results to create a study plan specifically designed for them. For additional information visit the SAT Prep website.
Find out what kinds of questions will be asked and which skills and knowledge areas will be tested. Go to Test Design at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/inside-the-test.The following resources became available to students once they took the PSAT:
Visit the College Board website to register for the SAT.
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September 2016 - We are pleased to inform you that
Prince George's County Public Schools will be paying for all 8th grade students to take the PSAT 8/9 this school year. The PSAT 8/9 will be offered
during the week of December 5-9, 2016 and is part of a newly redesigned suite
of assessments from the College Board. This assessment will support all
students with early feedback on the skills and knowledge essential for college and career
success, in conjunction
with exposure to new
test questions and
concepts. All 8th grade students are
required to take the PSAT 8/9.
Beginning Fall 2016, the PSAT 8/9 will also be used
as part of the entrance criteria for the selection into high school specialty
programs: Aerospace and Engineering at DuVal High School; Science and Technology at Charles H. Flowers High School, Oxon Hill High School, and Eleanor
Roosevelt High School. By the middle of February students who meet eligibility
requirements (based on test scores and academic grades) will be notified and
will then be invited to apply to the program of their choice. Notification
letters will be sent to student address on file. Parents
and students are encouraged to respond as soon as possible upon receipt of the
notice of eligibility . Students must follow the designated application procedure
to seek enrollment.
Students who take the PSAT 8/9 will receive access
to free personalized SAT study. Khan Academy has partnered with the College
Board to offer a study plan that is designed specifically for each student
based on his/her
PSAT scores. With student/parent permission , Khan Academy will use their score results to create a
study plan specifically designed for
For additional information visit:
PSAT 8/9 is a way to encourage
your child to start thinking about life after high school. We have attached some helpful resources related to
the SAT Suite of Assessments. If you have any questions
regarding this information, please contact Ms. LeKeisha Render, Test
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About Standardized Tests The ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in English, Math, Reading, and Science. ACT results are accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. The ACT includes 215 multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete, including a short break (or just over four hours if you are taking the ACT Plus Writing). Actual testing time is 2 hours and 55 minutes (plus 30 minutes if you are taking the ACT Plus Writing). Click here for ACT test prep.
Many U.S. colleges
require that student submit standardized test scores as part
of their admissions application packages. Standardized tests provide a
consistent way for a college to evaluate a student and sometimes even help
choose the right courses. The SAT and ACT are
the most common college standardized tests. For information about these
and other tests, talk to your high school counselor, or to the admissions
offices at the colleges you are interested in
Note: There are some colleges/universities that
are what is considered Test Optional. These schools either
look at other factors for admission decisions (such as GPA, interviews,
recommendation) or do not emphasize a student's standardized test score in
admission decisions. To see a list of these institutions or learn more click here.
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