• PSAT 8/9 Testing for High School Specialty Programs

    PSAT 8/9 Testing for High School Specialty Programs

    Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and distance learning for the first semester of the SY2021, the PSAT 8/9 will not be administered in December 2020. Further details regarding the application process for Specialty Programs and the criteria that students will be evaluated on will be forthcoming.

    Previous Specialty Programs Application Process and PSAT 8/9 Testing:

    • ALL PGCPS grade 8 students will be considered for both the Science and Technology and Aerospace Engineering and Aviation Technology program. APPLICATIONS ARE NOT REQUIRED FOR THESE TWO PROGRAMS FOR PGCPS GRADE 8 STUDENTS ONLY. 8th grade students currently enrolled in PGCPS DO NOT pay for the PSAT 8/9.
    • PGCPS 8th grade students interested in the programs at the Academy of Health Sciences @ Prince George's Community College must submit an application at the proper link below.
    • All Non-PGCPS students must submit an application online for the Academy of Health Sciences @ PGCC, Aerospace Engineering & Aviation Technology, and Science & Technology programs at the proper link below.
    • All PGCPS 9th graders must submit an application for the Aerospace Engineering & Aviation Technology and Science & Technology programs. 
    • To learn more details about the PSAT 8/9 administered through College Board (including format, timing, and content), please go to the College Board site at http://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-8-9
    • The PSAT 8/9 will be used as part of the entrance criteria for  the following Specialty Programs: 3D Scholars, Science and Technology, Academy of Health Sciences @ Prince George's Community College (Health Sciences & Teacher Preparation), and Aerospace Engineering and Aviation Technology.
    • Testing will occur for grade 8 students the week of December 2, 2019 at their boundary school.
    • College Board regulations state that students may not sit for the PSAT 8/9 more than one time during an academic school year.
    • Non-PGCPS students and PGCPS Grade 9 students who take the PSAT 8/9 at their schools between September and November of 2019 must use these scores for their Specialty Programs application.
    • Private school, Home School, and PGCPS grade 9 students who submit applications for the aforementioned programs will take the PSAT 8/9 assessment on December 7, 2019.  The test location will be announced at a later date.
    • Non-PGCPS students and PGCPS 9th grade students testing on December 7, 2019 will pay the $12.00 fee for the PSAT 8/9.
    • Notification of eligibility will be sent out to all student applicants during the month of February 2020.

    Program Admissions:

    The scores from the PSAT 8/9 in conjunction with Core Content GPA in English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies from all quarters/trimesters of the previous school year and the first grading period of the current school year are used to create a total score. The evaluation scale goes up to 2880. The equation used to determine student composite scores is as follows:

                                           PSAT 8/9 Verbal Score + PSAT 8/9 Math Score + [Core Content GPA x 360]
                                                                                   Total Possible Score = 2880

    Parents may use the SchoolMAX Family Portal to view the grades used in the formula. (Click here for directions)

    Science & Technology Center Locations:

    There are three Science & Technology centers that service Prince George's County Public School students: Charles H. Flowers High School, Eleanor Roosevelt High School, and Oxon Hill High School. Students accepted for admission will attend one of the Science & Technology Centers based upon their legal home address in Prince George's County. 

     Click here to identify the Science and Technology center assignments based on address.

    For frequently asked questions regarding admission procedures for Science & Technology, Academy of Health Sciences @ PGCC, or the Aerospace Engineering & Aviation Technology programs, please click the link below.

    FAQ: Applying to Middle and High School Specialty Programs


    PGCPS Department of Testing:
    Phone (301) 702-3860 

    Troy Brockett
    Test Administration Supervisor (High School)
    troy.brockett@pgcps.org
    Donna Bradshaw, Ed.D.
    Test Administration Specialist (High School)
    donna.bradshaw@pgcps.org
    LeKeisha Render
    Test Administration Specialist (High School)
    lekeisha.render@pgcps.org
    Margaret Ward 
    Test Administration Technician
    margaret.evans@pgcps.org