Attention Class of 2006 and Beyond!
by Katie Brinager, Staff Writer
This year's sophomores will be taking the PSAT/NMSQT during their junior year, yet the entire format has changed. Looks like they wont need to resort back to studying Mrs. Dingman's 8th grade analogy packets or trying to remember the definition to every vocabulary word! The new version won't have the analogy section but will have short and long reading passages instead. There will also be a new section called the "SAT writing section," that involves multiple choice questions and a written essay. The new math section will involve three years of high school math instead of just the basic Algebra I and geometry, adding in Algebra II.
On October 28, 2003, during first, second and third periods, the Princeton Review will be administering the test, free of charge, to all sophomores. Afterwards, on November 11, 2003 at 7:00 p.m. in the cafeteria, there will be a ninety minute interpretation of the test for all students and their parents. The benefits of taking this practice test are as follows:
1. The test is free.
2. Students will get a realistic experience of the actual PSAT they will take as juniors.
3. This program should contribute to higher student test scores and college acceptance rates.
4. Information about the new test helps students get a jump on their preparation and confidence-building, paving the way for higher scores.
5. Students have a much shorter wait to get their scores.
6. Students' scores will not go on their testing records or be visible to colleges.
It's a great way to get a head start on preparation for the test. Mrs. Betsy Burlin, guidance counselor, commented on how, "…it's a great chance for sophomores to get a sneak peak at the new format."