Good day Junior, Sophomore and Freshmen Parents:
As a reminder, your student will be taking the upcoming PSAT Exam next week, which is scheduled to be given at Tampa Catholic on Wednesday October 12, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. All students will be tested in their assigned homeroom except those students who have been re-assigned by Ms. Richards, Ms. Hixenbaugh, or Ms. Barba or other proctor.
Otherwise, all students are expected to go directly to their homeroom and the test will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. as directed by College Board. All students are expected to be in school uniform that day. Students will need to bring an approved calculator and number 2 pencils (not mechanical). Those students taking the Standard PSAT will be dismissed between 11:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Students directed by Ms. Richards, Ms. Hixenbaugh, or Ms. Barba or other proctor, will be dismissed approximately 1:00-1:30 p.m.
We encourage your child to begin practicing for the PSAT and have attached the Student Study Guide. For juniors, this test is the National Merit Qualifying Test. There are other scholarships associated with this program so we encourage your child to find time to read the study guide and prepare for the exam
According to College Board, “The most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are:
- Receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. You can than focus your preparation on those areas.
- See how your performance on a college admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college.
- Help prepare for the SAT. You can become familiar with the kinds of questions, and the exact directions you will see on the SAT.
- Receive information from colleges when you check “yes” to Student Search Service.
Also, if you go to the College Board website, at www.collegeboard.com, click on students, then click on “about PSAT/NMSQT, there you will find helpful hints, how to read the test, practice tests and lots more. We have also included the link to PSAT 2021 student guide for your reference.
Encourage your child to get a good night’s rest on Oct 11, and eat a wholesome breakfast the morning of Oct. 12. With your help and encouragement, your child will achieve better and more valid results on this test and be prepared to take the SAT for college admission.
Tampa Catholic School Counseling Dept.
Below is a link that can provide more information about the PSAT