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STATEMENT FROM SRVUSD District REGARDING IN PERSON pSAT 10

Dear 10th Grade Families,

SRVUSD is offering the PSAT 10 test to 10th graders, at no charge, on April 20 at your high school campus.  You must register for this exam by Sunday March 28.  To take this test you will need to come onto your high school campus and observe all social distancing, face mask, and other health protocols.  Again, please complete this google form by Sunday March 28 if you want to take the PSAT exam.

Click Here for the PSAT 10 exam registration form 

Regards,

Educational Services

PSAT 10 FAQ's

  1. How and when can I register for my student to take the exam? 

    1. You should have received a communication from the district on Friday, March 19th but if not, please find the registration link here. When registering, please be sure to enter in a valid email address as any misspellings will not be sent to your correct email address. 

    2. The registration window is between Friday, March 19th-Sunday, March 28th @ 11:59pm. 

    3.  Students may take this exam at no cost. 

    4. I will send registration reminder emails to all families throughout the week. 

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

    1. Please note that when you hit submit there are two ways for you to know that SRVUSD received your form. 1) after you hit submit you will see a message saying SRVUSD received your registration OR 2) an email with your registration information will be sent to the email address being collected by the registration form above. 

  3. Will this be the only time that my student can take the PSAT 10 on campus this academic school year?

    1. Yes,this will be an in-person exam. There will be no makeup or online exam.

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

    1. Yes, they will be excused for the entire day of the PSAT 10. 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. 

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

    1. Have your student report normally to their classes. 

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

    1. Yes, students may park in the student parking lot. You will not need a parking pass on the day of your exam. 

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

    1. Myself or Jen Schikora will send out a mass email to all families who have registered within the week of the PSAT 10 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 the day before the exam with more detailed logistics such as student registration number, building number, & classroom number etc. 

  8. What is the difference between the PSAT 10 & the PSAT/NMSQT

    1. The PSAT 10 is only offered to Sophomores (usually offered in the spring) and gives students an opportunity to practice. 

    2. PSAT/NMSQT is only offered to Juniors (usually offered in the fall) and is a preliminary test designed to serve as practice that is slightly easier and shorter than the official SAT. During junior year, students can qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program ( I have attached more details about the NMSQT here

    3. The PSAT 10 & the PSAT/NMSQT are the same in terms of subject matter and difficulty. 

    4. The Academic Boosters Testing Committee has some amazing opportunities coming up for your student to study that is completely optional. Check them out here. 

  9. Will colleges be able to see my student’s PSAT 10 scores?

    1. Nope! Colleges will only be able to see a student’s SAT/ACT scores if they decide to submit them (depending on the colleges they are applying to). Please keep in mind that UC’s are test blind for your student’s application cycle and many colleges will be test optional. 

  10. How long is the exam? 

  11. 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. Please note that this timeline might be subject to change and I will update you all closer to the event. 

  1. We follow a strict guideline from College Board and students will be able to take breaks according to the guidelines given to each proctor. 

  2. 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 PSAT team and I prepared for the juniors to take the exam in January, 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. 

  3. 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 10 School Day exam as per the regulations set forth by the College Board.

    2.  *If you have not been approved by the College Board, please say “no” in the accommodations section of the google forms document. 

    3. Once you are confirmed for accommodations the district will send out more information closer to the date of the exam but you will be taking the exam at Charlotte Wood. 

  4. Can I register after the deadline has passed?

    1. No, unfortunately you cannot. This is the only opportunity to register for the exam. We will NOT be allowing any late adds after the late registration deadline on Sunday, March 28th @ 11:59pm. 

 

Updated on 3/19/2021 by Sarah Wells  

SAT FAQ's

  1. How and when can I register for my student to take the exam? 

    1. You should have received a communication from the district last week but if not, please find the registration link here.  When registering, please enter in a valid email address as any misspellings will not be sent to your correct email address. 

    2. The registration window is between February 26th-March 7th. 

    3. Students will be able to choose between taking the SAT with or without the essay. *Please note that College Board has decided to discontinue the essay portion of the SAT AFTER June 2021. Click here for more information. 

    4.  The exam fees are: $80 (with the essay) & $66 (without the essay)

    5. I will send registration reminder emails to all families throughout the week. 

    6. The APTS registration window has extended its deadline and will take registrations beginning Friday, March 12th - Tuesday, March 16th @ 11:59pm. 

    7. Please note, if you have registered through the College Board or see that you are taking the SAT on April 27th (on your CB account) without registering through APTS, you are NOT fully registered. You must register through the link above. 

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

    1. You will receive an emailed receipt and order summary once you register from APTS. Make sure to put in the correct email address :) 

  3. Will this be the only time that my student can take the SAT on campus this academic school year?

    1. Yes, I have heard from a lot of families that their SAT/ACT exams have been cancelled in other locations so I would suggest that you take it this upcoming April. This will be an in-person exam. There will be no makeup exam. 

  4. Will there be an ACT exam offered at MVHS this semester? 

    1. As of right now, the district does NOT have any plans to offer the ACT to Juniors but if something changes, we will let the community know. If you are interested in taking the ACT you can register online at ACT.org 

  5. Should my student take the SAT with or without the essay?

    1. The district has decided to give students the option to take the SAT with or without the essay before the essay is discontinued after June 2021. I have received lots of inquiries about my opinion on this matter. Based on talking to admissions counselors, my testing committee, APTS etc this is truly optional and by not taking the essay portion, it will not be held against you. Other testing sites that I have heard from are not even offering for students to take the essay portion because colleges will not be using them moving forward. I hope this helps to clear things up for you. 

  6. What if I registered for the SAT with the essay and no longer want to complete the essay?

    1. If you do not want to take the essay on the day of the SAT, you do not need to complete the essay but you will NOT be receiving a refund. Also, if you have originally registered for the essay and don’t want to take it the day of the exam, it will NOT be held against you. Please note that if you originally registered as taking the essay you will be assigned in the same room as students who are taking the essay and will have to wait for them to finish before you can leave. 

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

    1. Yes, they will be excused for the entire day of the SAT. 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. 

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

    1. Have your student report normally to their classes. 

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

    1. Yes, students may park in the student parking lot. No pass will be needed. 

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

    1. Myself or Jen Schikora will send out a mass email to all families who have registered within the week of the SAT 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 the day before the exam with more detailed logistics such as student registration number, building number, & classroom number etc. 

  11. Can a sophomore take the exam?

    1. No, this exam is ONLY offered to Juniors. 

  12. How can my student start studying for this exam? 

    1. The Academic Boosters Testing Committee has some amazing opportunities coming up for your student to study. Check them out here. 

  13. How long is the exam? 

    1. For a standard SAT test with the essay, it normally takes 4 hours and 5 minutes (including breaks).

    2. Without the essay, it normally lasts for 3 hours and 15 minutes (including breaks).  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. 

    3. We follow a strict guideline from College Board and students will be able to take breaks according to the guidelines given to each proctor. 

  14. 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 PSAT team and I prepared for the juniors to take the exam in January, 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. 

  15. 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 SAT School Day exam as per the regulations set forth by the College Board.

    2.  *If you have not been approved by the College Board, please say “no” in the accommodations section of the google forms document. 

    3. The deadline to submit a request for accommodations is March 8th on the College Board website. 

    4. Once you are confirmed for accommodations the district will send out more information closer to the date of the exam but you will be taking the exam at Windemere. 

  16. Can I register after the deadline has passed?

    1. No, unfortunately you cannot. This is your final opportunity to register for the exam. We are using a third party registration vendor and they will NOT be allowing any late adds after the late registration deadline on March 16th @ 11:59pm.

Updated on 3/16/2021 by Sarah Wells   

 

 

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. www.act.org

 

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.  www.collegeboard.com

 

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.  www.ept-elm.ets.org/CSU

 

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.  www.collegeboard.com

 

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. www.collegeboard.com

 

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