Dear CCHS Juniors and Parents of Juniors,
On Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 7:45 a.m., the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) will be administered at Colonie Central High School. Please note that this is a regular school day. Also note that the PSAT is given only once each year.
Specifically, the PSAT/NMSQT is a multiple-choice test that measures verbal reasoning, math problem solving and writing. Designed for juniors, the PSAT/NMSQT enables students to practice for the SAT, get feedback about critical academic skills, seek information from colleges and enter scholarship competitions. It is used as the basis for academic scholarships for the very highest scoring junior participants nationally. National Merit Scholars are the top one half of one percent of juniors nationally.
As part of a South Colonie Central School District initiative aimed to encourage exposure, opportunity, and participation in the PSAT/NMSQT exam, the district is providing the exam for all juniors free of charge. Therefore, as a junior, there is no need to register for the PSAT exam. In order to prepare the students for this experience, both the English 11 and AP Language and Composition curricula will be incorporating lessons, activities, as well as facilitating discussions focused on this exam. The South Colonie Central School District wishes to provide equal access and opportunities to all juniors and the district feels that this exam is the gateway to post-secondary opportunities.
It is of absolute necessity that students present proper identification on the day of the test. A school picture I.D., driver’s license or permit are the only forms of identification allowed by the College Board. Students should plan on arriving to school using their customary form of transportation (bus or parent) for a typical school day. Students should then go to their Homeroom/Period 1 class and wait for the announcement at 7:45 a.m. to proceed to the MUG for the start of the exam. Students must report with two No. 2 pencils and a calculator. Students will be dismissed to class at approximately 11:30 a.m. to eat and/or proceed with the remainder of their schedule. Please note: There will be no BOCES Career & Tech classes for 11th grade students (excused absence) on October 10th.
If you have any questions regarding the PSAT or would like to discuss this further, please do not hesitate to call the Counseling Center at 518-459-1220.
CCHS Counseling Department