Throughout one's education, a student will take numerous standardized tests. In high school, this continues. These tests can help students understand more about themselves, suggest where they need possible extra assistance, provide an idea on how they compare to others across the nation, and even supply possible career options. Regardless of the examination, to best help the student, each should be taken seriously.
How to Interpret Your PSAT Scores
Click Here for a letter to CUSD303 parents about the SAT Suite of Assessments.
Click Here for a Parent Tutorial: Understanding PSAT 8/9 Results.
Click Here for a Parent Tutorial: Understanding PSAT/NMSQT Results.
Additional information about PSAT scores can be obtained from www.collegeboard.org.
St. Charles East Transition to SAT from ACT
For decades, D303 High Schools have focused on the ACT as the primary college-entrance exam for its students. With the state-mandated requirement that all schools use the SAT as the assessment tool for 11th graders, St. Charles East will be shifting its focus from the ACT to the SAT beginning with the 2016-17 school year.
Change often raises questions, so here are some things we know already, and which we thought might prove useful for parents:
1. St. Charles East will offer SAT-linked tests to students in grades 9-11 starting in the 2016-17 school year. Just as the ACT had tests to help us prepare students (EXPLORE, PLAN, and practice ACT), the SAT does, too. Freshmen will take the PSAT 9 exam, and Sophomores and Juniors will take the PSAT/NMSQT exam on October 19 during the school day. The PSAT/NMSQT exam is a preliminary SAT that also opens the door to consideration for National Merit scholarships. The state-required SAT will be offered on April 5, 2017 during the school day.
2. Free online SAT preparation and resources are available from the College Board (which oversees the SAT) via Khan Academy at www.khanacademy.org/sat.
3. There have been changes made to the SAT. The new version of the SAT, which made its debut in March, does not penalize students for wrong answers. Also, in the mathematics portion of the SAT, calculators may be used in some areas but not others.
We will be providing more SAT-related information during the school year. We encourage students to explore the free resources and practice testing through Khan Academy.
Test Prep Information
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