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TESTING CORNER: PSAT/NMSQT, PreACT, ACT, ZAPS Test Prep

 
PSAT/NMSQT 
 
PSAT/NMSQT registration site https://user.totalregistration.net/PSAT/501715
 

The PSAT is a college preparatory test that uses a similar format and scoring system as the SAT. It is offered to students in 11th grade and a select number of students in 10th grade, although you must be in 11th grade to qualify for the National Merit Scholarships. Results from this test are not used in the college admission process; they serve as a preliminary, practice opportunity. The fee for this test is $18.

 

The PSAT/NMSQT is a practice for the SAT. The SAT score is just one of the criteria that some colleges use in consideration for admission.  Most schools will accept either SAT or the ACT.  The ACT is more common here in the Midwest and it is really not necessary to take both the SAT and ACT.  Most college admissions allow students to choose between taking the ACT or SAT. Some students choose to take the SAT instead of the ACT (or in addition), due to the differences in format. 

(All 11th graders across the state of Wisconsin will take the Official ACT on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at no cost to families.)

 

National Merit The PSAT is the qualifying test for entry to the National Merit Scholarship Program, an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. Students must take the PSAT in fall of junior year to qualify. Of those who take the PSAT, some 50,000 with the highest PSAT/NMSQT® Selection Index scores qualify for recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Program. From there, students are selected to apply for National Merit Scholarships.  
 
National Recognition Programs If you take the PSAT and you're African American, Hispanic American or Latinx, Indigenous, or are from a small town, your score may qualify you for academic recognition as part of the College Board National Recognition Programs. They're not scholarships, but colleges use them to identify academically exceptional students.

 

If you are planning to take the 2019 PSAT/NMSQT on October 16th, you must complete the registration here no later than Wednesday, October 9th, seating is limited!!

 

PreACT

 

The Practice ACT was introduced in the past couple of years. Although this test is "normed" toward 10th graders, it provides all students with a realistic ACT Exam experience, giving students an opportunity for low-stakes practice in a high-stakes environment, while also empowering students with insights into their college and career readiness even sooner. The PreACT provides early indicators of progress as well as ideas for improvement.  Similar to the official ACT Exam, the PreACT encompasses paper-based, multiple-choice tests in English, math, reading and science.  Colleges and Universities will not have access to this practice test score.

 

The more practice with these timed tests, the better your score will be!  

 

There will be two opportunities to take this practice test this year. The first will be on Saturday, October 19th and the second will be on Saturday, February 8th. ACT only provides one version of this practice test each year, so the exact same test questions will be offered at each of the two opportunities. The fee for this test is $14.

 

Sign up here for the October 19th Practice ACT before Wednesday, October 9th. Seating is limited!! 

 

Please direct any questions to either Ms. Kari Anders at klanders@oregonsd.net or Ms. Missi Tracy Hahn at mkhahn@oregonsd.net 

 

ACT National Test Dates

 

9/14/19,  10/26/19,  12/14/19,  2/8/20,  4/4/20,  6/13/20,  7/18/20


September is a great time to test because juniors can identify areas to improve and seniors can get scores back before college application deadlines.    

 

Register Here:  ACT Home

 

 

ZAPS ACT Test-Prep Seminar

 

Oregon High School Monday & Tuesday, October 7 & 8,

2019 Time: 6:30–9:00 PM Standard

seminar fee: $129.99 Your seminar fee: $95.00

Register at:  Doorway to College

or

call 877-927-8378