for 8th Grade
Rocklin Academy Gateway is committed to creating and maintaining a college going culture. This opportunity is an integral component of the preparatory steps leading to college. Taking PSAT early on helps our students to prepare for the SAT that they will take in high school. Colleges and universities use SAT scores in their admissions process to determine which students are academically talented. Taking PSAT multiple times can help your student to achieve best results on SAT.
All students in 8th grade are taking the PSAT 8/9 on October 16th, 2019.
For your information, College Board has realigned the PSAT to prepare for the newly designed SAT. One of the ways they are supporting students’ preparation is to have a specific exam tailored to students in grades 8 & 9. Your student can prepare for the PSAT 8/9 by going to the College Board website: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-8-9/inside-the-test.
Below are the benefits of taking the PSAT:
- The goal of PSAT 8/9 is to expose students to the different kinds of questions that are found on higher-stakes tests in the years to come.
- PSAT 8/9 introduces test-takers to SAT scoring. The number received on the test is not a simple score of the percent of questions answered correctly. Instead, it is a relative value that indicates how well the test-taker does compare with others who took the exam. The PSAT 8/9 results are not shared with colleges and are used by students and teachers to determine academic areas for growth.
- PSAT 8/9 can also provide insight into the overall readiness of our students for high school curriculum.
- The PSAT 8/9 helps students determine the skills they need to work on to be ready for AP courses in high school. The PSAT 8/9 tests the same skills and knowledge as the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, and PSAT 10. It measures what students 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.
- In addition, students over 13 can share their scores with Khan Academy to create a personalized practice experience. It’s the best way to prepare for other tests in the SAT Suite of Assessments, and it’s free.