The PSAT is scheduled for Wednesday, October 10, 2018 from 8:15am to 12:28pm in Portola’s MPR, this includes 2 hours and 10 minutes for the test, and extra time for filling out forms. The cost is $16. Eighth graders can register for the test from now until September 7th. Sixth and Seventh graders can join the waitlist and will only be able to register in waitlist order after September 3 (until September 7), based on the limited number of seats available. Please note that last year the available tests sold out early. If you’re interested, register at the Student Store soon!
The PSAT/NMSQT (PSAT) is a chance for students to practice test taking skills and practice taking the high stakes SAT. Students who take this test will get a firsthand experience of what is expected from them for the SAT, and will also be given useful feedback to help them do better on the actual SAT. Students will be able to take the PSAT again in high school before taking the SAT, and can compare their scores to see their improvement before the official SAT. The PSAT follows the same format as the SAT, but is shorter by an hour and a half.
Students who take the PSAT will receive a paper copy of how to read their scores as well as an online score report which includes projected SAT score ranges, state percentiles, and the power to sort answer explanations, a customized SAT study plan, a full-length SAT practice test and a personalized list of colleges, majors, and careers that may be researched using MyRoad, an online college and career planning feature. After taking the test, students will begin to receive information from colleges. There is also a feature to allow consideration for college scholarships, though it is for high school juniors.