PSAT for Current 8th Graders

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    PSAT offerings for 8th Graders are available this Spring. Register below.

    Before you register, please read through all of the information provided.

     

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  • About the PSAT 8/9 -

    • The PSAT 8/9 helps students determine what they need to work on most so that they’re ready for college when they graduate from high school—and it can support educators as they guide the way.
    • The PSAT 8/9 tests the same skills and knowledge as the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, and PSAT 10—in a way that makes sense for eighth and ninth graders. It measures what they’re already learning, shows them whether they’re on track for college, and lets them know where they need the most improvement. That means students have time to tackle these areas long before they take the SAT.
    • 8th Graders have the opportunity to test on two weekend dates listed below

     

    8th Grade Testing Details -

    • Locations
      • February 29th, 2020 at Highland Lakes School
      • March 28th, 2020 at Canyon Springs School
    • Times
      • 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    • Cost
      • $50 - Nonrefundable
      • (Pays for the test, administration fees, and proctors)
    • Facilitators
      • DVUSD Counselors
    • Questions

     

    Registration Deadline:

    January 17th, 2020


What to Bring & What Not to Bring

  • What to Bring

    • Two No. 2 pencils with erasers
    • An approved calculator
    • Valid school- or government-issued photo ID (for students not testing at their own school and home-schooled students). If unavailable, use a notarized College Board Student ID Form (.pdf/128 KB).
    • Home-schoolers: Bring this code, too
    • Epinephrine auto-injectors (e.g., EpiPens) are permitted without the need for accommodations. They must be placed in a clear bag and stored under the student’s desk during testing.
    • A bottle of water

    What Not to Bring

    • Any devices, including smartwatches, that can be used to record, transmit, receive or play back audio, photographic, text, or video content
    • Protractors, compasses, rulers
    • Highlighters, colored pens, colored pencils, mechanical pencils
    • Pamphlets or papers of any kind
    • Dictionaries or other books—there are no exceptions, even if English is not your first language
    • Food and drinks—otehr than bottled water

     

    Testing with Accommodations

    If you have a disability and need to test with accommodations, let the us know right away so that we have time to order nonstandard test materials. Email: giftedservices@dvusd.org

During the Test

  • You will be allowed to have only these items on your desk:

    • A test book
    • An answer sheet
    • No. 2 pencils with erasers
    • An approved calculator—during one of the math sections only
  • Calculators

    • Bring your own calculator. You can't share one.
    • Don't bring a brand-new calculator. Bring one you know.
    • Decide how to solve a problem, then decide if you need your calculator. This might surprise you, but calculators don’t always save time. In fact, the Math Test includes some questions where it's faster not to use a calculator, even though you’re allowed to.

    Acceptable Calculators

    If you have a calculator with characters that are one inch or higher, or if your calculator has a raised display that might be visible to other test-takers, you will be seated at the discretion of the test coordinator.

    Only battery-operated, handheld equipment can be used for testing. No power cords are allowed.

    Calculators permitted during testing include:

    • Most graphing calculators (see chart)
    • All scientific calculators
    • All four-function calculators (not recommended)

    Brands and Models

    These calculators all pass the test. https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-8-9/taking-the-test/test-day-checklist/approved-calculators

    Unacceptable Calculators

    You are not allowed to use any of the following items as a calculator:

    • Laptops or other computers, tablets, cell phones, or smartphones
    • Smartwatches or wearable technology of any kind
    • Models that can access the Internet, have wireless, Bluetooth, cellular, audio/video recording and playing, camera, or any other smart phone type feature
    • Models that have a computer-style (QWERTY) keypad, pen-input, or stylus
    • Models that use electrical outlets, make noise, or have a paper tape
    • Calculator function on a mobile phone
    • In addition, the use of hardware peripherals such as a stylus with an approved calculator is not permitted. Some models with touch-screen capability are not permitted (e.g., Casio ClassPad).

     

    Leave These Devices at Home

    • Anything that can connect to the Internet
    • Anything that makes noise or "talks"
    • Calculators that use electrical outlets
    • Calculators with QWERTY keypads
    • Tablets or cellphones
    • Laptops or handheld computers
    • Paper-tape calculators
    • Calculators with a pen-input device or stylus

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    Register

    Registration Link

     

     

    If your child is currently attending one of our schools, and also qualifies for free and reduced lunch, you may be able to receive a discounted testing fee. Please email your child’s name and school I.D. number to giftedservices@dvusd.org to inquire. Please call 623.445.3291 if you have any questions.


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