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  1. Will my student be excused the day of the exam?

    1. Yes, they will be excused for the entire day of the PSAT. I will work with the attendance office so that your student is cleared. Please remind students to let their teachers know in advance that you will not be in class due to the exam. 

  2. What if my student is NOT taking the exam this day? 

    1. Have your student report normally to their classes. 

  3. Can my student park on-site at MV on the day of the exam?

    1. Yes, students may park in the student parking lot. 

  4. When will I receive further information about the day of the exam?

    1. I will send out a mass email to all families who have registered within the week of the PSAT with all necessary information including the test day checklist, test times, a self health check agreement, any updated mask and social distancing guidelines, testing logistics, etc. You will also receive an email from Jen Schikora the day before the exam with more detailed logistics such as student registration number, building number, & classroom number etc. 

  5. How long is the exam? 

    1. For a standard PSAT test, it normally lasts for 2 hours and 45 minutes with one 10-minute break. The test will begin approximately at 9:15am. Students can arrive as early as 8:30am and doors will be closed at 8:45am so that the proctor can go over all of the instructions. This timeline might be subject to change and I will update you all closer to the event. 

  6. What are the benefits of taking the PSAT? 

    1. Great question and I have been getting this a lot. The PSAT is a preliminary test designed to serve as an initial practice that is slightly easier and shorter than the official SAT (students normally do not study for this beforehand). I think since we are only offering it once for juniors at MV and it is free, I would recommend for students to take it! The benefits of taking the PSAT is that it gives the student an idea of what the SAT will be like. After you receive your PSAT results it can help direct you in taking either the SAT or ACT and focus your study efforts on one exam ( I am happy to go over the results with your student after they receive them). Also, the PSAT does not limit any admission decision meaning that your score will not be sent to colleges when you apply - colleges will only see the SAT/ACT score. By taking the PSAT it will also give you a better understanding on which schools require an exam or not. As of now, the UC's are "test-blind" which means they will not use your SAT/ACT score as a factor in your college application and many schools have announced that they are moving toward "test-optional" which means that you have the choice to submit your SAT/ACT score but it will NOT be held against you or impact your admission chance or scholarship if you do not send your score. My suggestion is to start looking at which school will be test-optional moving forward in next year's application cycle. Some colleges have been test-optional for many years while some colleges will revert back to requiring a test score in their application. I have started to put together a list of these schools but it is good to check the college website. Lastly, students can qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program ( I have attached more details about the NMSP here. The College Board has also offered a great resource for parents to better understand the benefits here! 

  7. What if my family/ my student is not comfortable with taking the PSAT on January 26th? 

    1. First of all, I hear you and understand your concern during this unprecedented time. I just got off the phone with the National Merit representative and there is an option for an alternative entry for students to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship. In lieu of your student's PSAT scores, they can submit SAT scores (taken between August 2020-June 2021) and must submit the request form by April 1, 2021. Please see more information on this here. 

    2. Will SRVUSD be offering an in-person SAT?

      1. Please note SRVUSD will NOT be offering an in-person SAT exam  in the 2021 school year, you can find other test sites on  If you really want to qualify for the National Merit your best chance is taking the PSAT exam on Jan 26th. 

  8. What safety protocols is SRVUSD taking during this test? 

    1. First and foremost, the safety of all of our SRVUSD families is our top priority. When the SAT team and I prepared for the seniors to take the exam in October, all of the rooms were disinfected and sanitized before & after the exam and we had 14 students with 1 proctor in each room. We measured each desk beforehand to make sure that each student was 6 feet away from another student. All students were required to wear a mask throughout the entirety of being on campus and hand sanitizer was provided in every room upon entering. We also ensured that students remain 6 feet away from students (as well as a staggered time) as they entered and exited their classroom. We will be following similar protocols as well as any updated ones that we hear from the CDC and will keep the community updated on this matter. 

  9. How do I know if my student has been registered for the test? 

    1. Unfortunately, a lot of you have let me know that you have not received confirmation emails sent to your email. I personally cannot edit this in google docs but if you email me, I have viewing access and can confirm whether or not your student is registered. 

  10. Accommodations for the PSAT?

    1. Only students who are pre-approved by The College Board Services for Students with Disabilities division will receive accommodations on their PSAT School Day exam as per the regulations set forth by the College Board. If you have not been approved by the College Board, please say “no” in the accommodations section of the google forms document. 

  11. Can I register after the deadline has passed?

    1. No, unfortunately you cannot - the deadline to register is THIS Sunday, January 10th, 2021. There will be no late adds. 

Updated on 1/12/2021



10th Grade

(Official) Practice ACT in April – 

AP Exam in May

11th Grade


AP Exam in May

Take Official SAT with writing or ACT with writing if completing Algebra 2 or higher math (late winter/spring depending on math course the student is currently taking)

SAT Subject testing, if applying to UC caliber schools (late spring)

CAASPP/EAP testing in Spring

12th Grade

Take Official SAT with writing or ACT with writing (between August – Dec.) – be aware of specific college testing deadlines (Nov./Dec.)

AP Exam in May

Community College Math/English Assessments in March/April

CSU - EPT (English Placement Test) & ELM (Entry Level Mathematics Exam) - Spring

UC - AWPE (Analytical Writing Placement Exam) – May (if needed)



Glossary of Terms

ACT - The ACT® test is the nation’s most popular college entrance exam accepted and valued by all universities and colleges in the United States. The ACT is based on what students learn in high school and provides personalized information about their strengths for education and career planning.


Advanced Placement (AP) courses/AP Exam - are designed by and follow guidelines required by The College Board.  Refer to their website for detailed information. These courses are considered to be above the high school level.  Students taking these courses receive a weighted (5.0 scale) grade and may take the AP exam in the spring.  Students may receive college credit for such courses depending on their score on the AP exam.


AWPE - Analytical Writing Placement Examination - All incoming California students who have not met the Entry Level Writing Requirement by April 1, must take the UC Analytical Writing Placement Examination. The exam will be administered the morning of the second Saturday in May, at testing centers throughout the state.


CAASPP/EAP - California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress/Early Assessment Program – helps students determine their readiness to take college level English and math courses before attending a California State University (CSU), or one of the participating California Community Colleges (CCC).


ELM/EPT - The California State University (CSU) requires you to take the English Placement Test (EPT) and the Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) exam prior to enrollment in the CSU. Your scores will determine which Math and English courses you should take to begin your career at CSU. You may be exempt from taking the EPT or ELM based on your scores earned on other appropriate tests such as the CSU's Early Assessment Program (EAP) tests in English and Mathematics, the SAT®, ACT®, or Advanced Placement® (AP). This site will determine if you are exempt as part of the registration process.


PSAT – Official Practice SAT - The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a standardized test administered by the College Board and cosponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) in the United States.


SAT - Created by the College Board, the SAT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. The idea (in theory, at least) is to provide colleges with one common criterion that can be used to compare all applicants.


SAT Subject Tests - Tests are 20 multiple-choice standardized tests given by The College Board on individual subjects. They are usually taken to improve a student's credentials for admission to colleges in the United States