On Wednesday, October 18, GHS students in grades 9, 10 and 11 will participate in the Preliminary SAT (PSAT). The purpose of the PSAT is to familiarize students with this assessment and to allow time to practice before the SAT is taken for the college admissions process.

9th grade students will take the PSAT 8/9. The PSAT 8/9 is the first of the SAT Suite of Assessments and is used to establish a starting point in terms of college and career readiness. It is just one way that students may practice for the PSAT 10, PSAT/NMSQT and the SAT. The College Board’s PSAT 8/9 page offers may resources and further information on this assessment. The PSAT 8/9 Student Guide can be found online. This year 9th graders will be taking the PSAT using their PWCS device, not the traditional paper and pencil version.

10th grade students will take the PSAT, and the 11th grade students will take the PSAT/NMSQT tests. Both tests are precursors to the SAT and serve as an SAT practice test. They mirror the SAT in content, structure, and scoring.

Seniors will either be on the senior trip or will work asynchronously through the Senior Choice Board. This choice board focuses on college and career exploration.

The PSAT/NMSQT is also a scholarship qualifying exam for 11th graders. Depending on a student’s performance they could become eligible for various scholarships. This includes National Merit Scholarships. The PSAT/NMSQT student guide can also be found online.

PWCS has a robust PSAT site that we encourage families to explore.

All PSATs will be taken on a PWCS device as the test is only available digitally. It is very important that students arrive at GHS with a fully charged device and their device charger. Students will be conducting a digital readiness check with their PWCS device on October 11th through their advisory class to ensure all testing applications are functioning properly.

Score reports will be shared with students in the early winter. These Student Score Reports provide families with a lot of helpful information. This includes areas of strength and growth for students, explanation of what the scores mean, and AP courses that may be appropriate for your student, among other information.

October 18th is a busy and important day at Gainesville High School. Parent/guardian support for on-time attendance and attention to the above details is greatly appreciated.