PSAT

On October 10th, Issaquah HS students will be on an adjusted schedule for the school day.  Seniors are encouraged to spend this time working on college applications and essays and other independent work.  Juniors and Sophomores will be taking the PSAT from 10:10am-1:10pm.  Freshman will have three sessions each one hour in length including a guest speaker named Cara Filler, work with counselors on career cruising and part of their graduation requirement High School and Beyond Plan, and take part in a Social Emotional Lesson (SEL) on Equity and Diversity.  The schedule for the day is as follows:

 

Issaquah High School

Modified Schedule

OCTOBER 10, 2018

PSAT Day

Activities     10:10-1:15

9th: Guest Speaker; Equity Lessons; and Career Cruising

10th-11th: PSAT

12th: Independent work

 

Lunch          1:15 – 1:45

Period 1       1:50 – 2:05

Period 2       2:10 – 2:25

Period 3       2:30 – 2:45

Period 4       2:50 – 3:05

Period 5       3:10 – 3:25

Period 6       3:30 – 3:45

Before the test:  If a student in 10th or 11th grade has not pre-bubbled in their answer sheets, they must come in to the main office and complete the pre-bubbling before Friday, October 5th at 3pm.  In the Counseling Office and Main office are practice test booklets for students who would like to practice and learn more about the test.  Please come by and pick one up. 

 

The Day of the Test:  On the windows in the front of the school will be posted all student names and Room numbers.  Students must find their room locations.

9th graders will find their room locations for each session. 

10th and 11th grade students who are testing will need to bring pencils, calculator, a snack, and their student ID.  Students need to arrive early and not be late.  There are no make ups, so the testing begins at 10:10 am on October 10th.   

***Students with 504 and IEP Accommodations at Issaquah HS--Please realize that in order to receive accommodations for the PSAT and SAT, students must apply for these accommodations at www.collegeboard.com.  Only College Board can approve these accommodations for testing on these tests.  Issaquah HS does not provide accommodations on PSAT or SAT only those previously requested and granted by College Board on these tests (things often considered for students with an IEP are things like 50% extended time, 100% extended time, small group testing, large bubble sheets, etc.)   

12th graders will be in the College and Career center if they need help with college essays or applications.

Immediately after testing is complete, there will be one lunch period and students will have 15 minute classes. 

 

After the Test:  Students who took the PSAT will be assessed/charged the $16 fee.  This is different in previous years as it is being assessed only to those students who test on October 10th.  Please make sure to pay this fine with our school bookkeeper before the next dance or sport season.  Issaquah HS will receive test scores right before Winter Break.  Students in 10th and 11th grade will meet in the Commons in December and receive their score report and test booklets. 

Important Testing Information:

“The PSAT Is a gateway to doing well on the SAT or even ACT.  The PSAT is essentially a gateway to doing well on the SAT. Because the primary aim of the PSAT is to prepare you for the SAT (hence its name, "Preliminary SAT"), the two tests share several similarities. As a result, prepping for the PSAT can give you an early sense of what SAT content areas you'll need to strengthen and what strategies and approaches work well for you. Even if you're planning on taking the ACT instead of the SAT, PSAT can still help you get used to the kinds of questions and content you'll need to know since there are many similarities between the ACT and SAT.  Your PSAT score can predict your SAT score.  The PSAT essentially shows you how well you’d perform on the SAT if you were to take it at that exact moment in time. Lastly, PSAT test prep is essential if you’re hoping to qualify for National Merit. All juniors who take the PSAT are automatically entered into the National Merit Scholarship Program, which awards annual $2,500 scholarships to top scorers. To qualify as a Semifinalist, you must reach or exceed state of WA PSAT Cutoff score. “    From Peterson’s

Helpful Hints: “Don’t cram the night before you take the test. Get your studying out of the way a couple of days in advance of taking the test, so that the night before you take the test you can relax and get some rest. Your brain needs to refresh and be prepared for the test. If you have to, skim over certain strategies, but don’t spend too much time studying the night before. If you don’t know an answer, guess! You don’t lose points for wrong answers, but you do lose points for skipped answers. Random guessing won’t do much for your score, but if you can make an educated guess (where you eliminate at least one of your answer choices), you can boost your chances of getting the question right. This helps when you feel stuck on the right answer but want to move on and can rule out at least one of the other answer choices.”    From College Board

Test Anxiety Tips:

“According to the ADAA, causes of test anxiety may include a fear of failure, lack of adequate prep time, or bad experiences taking tests in the past. You're not alone! Here's what you can do to stay calm in the days leading up to and during your test.

1. Be prepared.--Yes, this seems obvious, but it bears repeating. If you feel confident that you’ve prepped thoroughly, you’ll feel more confident walking into the test.

2. Get a good night’s sleep.-- Cramming is never the answer, and pulling an all-nighter can exacerbate your nerves. Having adequate rest (9–10 hours per night) is likely to be more beneficial than rereading a text until dawn.

3. Fuel up. -- Eat a nutritious breakfast before the test and pack smart snacks for ongoing energy. Look for foods that offer a steady stream of nutrients, rather than a sugar high followed by a crash.

4. Get to classroom—or the testing site—early.--Feeling rushed will only amp up the anxiety. Pack everything you need (Pencils, Calculator, ID) the exam the night before and set the alarm, so you can get out the door on time.

5. Have a positive mental attitude.  -- Bring a picture of your happy place or come up with a morale-boosting mantra like “I can do this” or “I worked hard and deserve this.” Peek at your picture or recite your mantra, right before the test begins.

6. Read carefully.--Read the directions thoroughly and read all answers before making a choice or starting the essay. There is nothing worse than putting time into a question and realizing you are not solving for x, or the response is off target. Slowing down can help you stay focused.

7. Just start.   --The blank page can maximize your anxiety. After you’ve read the directions, dive right in. Or, find some questions you can ace to build up your confidence and momentum. You can always go back and change things later in that section if needed, but a few quick answers can get the ball rolling.

8. Don’t pay attention to what other people are doing.--Everyone else is scribbling away? Ack! What do they know that you don’t? It doesn’t matter. Pay attention to your own test and pace, and forget about the other students in the room.

9. Watch the clock .-- Realizing that time is almost up and there are lots of test questions left can make it hard to do anything useful in those final minutes. Stay on pace by scoping out the whole test before getting started. Mentally allocate how much time you’ll spend on each section. If there’s time to recheck, even better.

10. Focus on calm breathing and positive thoughts.--Deep breathing can slow down a beating heart or a racing mind, so practice these techniques at home. The very act of concentrating on breathing and thinking can biometrically alter those anxious feelings.

Sometimes just remembering that some  test-taking anxiety is a normal part of school can help make it easier to handle.”  From Princeton Review

Resources:

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/pdf/psat-nmsqt-student-guide.pdf

https://www.petersons.com/blog/psat-test-taking-tips-and-advice/

https://www.kaptest.com/study/psat/psat-test-taking-strategies-3-tips/

https://www.khanacademy.org/test-prep/sat/new-sat-tips-planning/new-sat-how-to-prep/a/full-length-psat-nmsqt

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