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On Tuesday, January 26th. ONHS will be offering a makeup PSAT for any student in grades 9-11 that did NOT take the test on October 14. Students that took that test will NOT be allowed to take the test again as required by PSAT. If your 9th, 10th, or 11th grader missed the test on October 14 or simply did not get to sign up then, now is your chance. Use the instructions attached to sign up for the January makeup testing (note that the dates on instructions are incorrect).
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CONTACT TAMMIE MILKE (firstname.lastname@example.org ) IN THE ONHS COUNSELING OFFICE or JIM TAWATER (email@example.com) IF YOU HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PSAT.
On January 26th, Olathe North 9th – 11th graders have the opportunity to take the PSAT at ONHS. The PSAT requires that a student signs up and pays in advance to participate (similar to an ACT test). YOUR STUDENT MAY HAVE ALREADY SIGNED UP FOR THE PSAT, but if not, sign-up for the January makeup PSAT ASAP online using the instructions attached at a cost of $18. It will be offered in January to any ONHS 9th-11th graders (that did NOT take the test in October), but only 11th graders taking the PSAT have the opportunity to be recognized as a National Merit Scholar. Other grade levels are considered practice. Tests are limited - Students should sign up quickly!
If you need more information about the PSAT, read below or contact the office at ONHS at 913-780-7140 and ask to speak with the counselor, Tammie Milke (firstname.lastname@example.org). If a student is encountering difficulties, they can contact Jim Tarwater at email@example.com
More Information about the day and the PSAT:
The PSAT measures abilities that are important at various academic levels. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors should consider taking the test for the following reasons:
The SAT redesign is grounded on eight key changes and seven of which will impact the PSAT:
2. The PSAT can be a helpful tool in guiding conversations between parents, students and educators.
3. It will be a “trial run” for the SAT. Your PSAT can be used to estimate your probable performance on the SAT.
4. If you are a junior, you have an opportunity to enter one of the scholarship competitions administered by the National Merit Scholarship Program.
5. While sophomore and freshmen are not eligible to compete in the National Merit Scholarship Programs until they are juniors, the information can be used to guide and select academic coursework that will better prepare you for college and the PSAT (NMSQT)/SAT.
6. Khan Academy, partnering with College Board, has released interactive practice programs to support students to familiarize themselves with the redesigned exam. The customized test preparation offers skill-based videos to support the redesigned key changes for students who take the PSAT/NMSQT in October.
For additional information regarding the eight key changes to the SAT, to view sample questions, Khan Academy test preparation availability, and sign up for updates, parents and students are encouraged to visit the College Board site at www.deliveringopportunity.org. A sample PSAT exam is available at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/practice