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PSAT INFORMATION

PSAT INFORMATION

Volusia County Schools is delighted to offer the PSAT to interested High School Juniors on Wednesday, October 13, 2021.

This is an excellent opportunity for your student to gain valuable information and experience related to College Admissions Testing.

It also serves as a great way for students to qualify for National Merit Scholarship Programs. This assessment is being offered at a nominal fee of $18.00 to all High School Juniors.

Interested students must register with their school counselors by September 6, 2021.

Information concerning this opportunity will be available in the counseling office and posted on campus.

We encourage you to review this information and contact your school counselor.

Please remember, that the deadline for registration and payment is Monday, September 16th.

Again, this is a wonderful opportunity for our students; it will assist in continuing to prepare them for post-secondary opportunities.

PSAT 9TH GRADE PARENT LETTER

9TH GRADE PARENT LETTER

8/18/2021

Dear Parent or Guardian,

The purpose of this letter is to inform you that your student will take the Preliminary SAT 9 (PSAT 9) on October 13th,2021.  The PSAT 9 tests the same skills and knowledge as the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, and PSAT 10—in a way that makes sense for eighth and ninth graders. It measures what they’re 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.  The following are other key benefits of the PSAT 9.

  • It helps establish a baseline for students as they enter high school and begin preparing for college and career readiness.
  • It will identify areas where students excel and may want to consider taking higher-level courses, as well as areas they should focus on to improve academically.
  • It provides students with better access to data and personalized study through the online CollegeBoard and Khan Academy resources.

For additional information, including practice tests and sample questions regarding this assessment, please refer to the PSAT 8/9 Student Guide on the CollegeBoard website at http://collegeboard.org.

Please review the following calculator tips & policy with your student before testing:

Calculator tips for PSAT 9:

  • Students are strongly encouraged to bring a calculator to the PSAT 9 on test day, whether or not they plan to use it.
  • Take a calculator you are comfortable using. Do not buy a new one just for the test.
  • Do not try to use the calculator on every question. No question requires one.
  • Decide how to solve each problem before deciding whether to use a calculator.
  • Practice sample questions with a calculator on hand.

Calculator Policy

  • Refer to the PSAT 9 Student Guide for a complete listing of approved calculators. 
  • Your device may NOT be a pocket organizer, hand-held or laptop computer, electronic writing pad, tablet, or pen input device, calculator with a QWERTY (typewriter-like) keypad, calculator with paper tape, calculator that makes noises or "talks", calculator with a power cord or that requires an outlet.

If you have any questions, please contact Brandy Meadows at [email protected] (386) 575-4153 Ext. 44040.

Please note that PSAT 9 scores are not sent to colleges.

Thank you,

Michael Micallef

 

PSAT 10TH GRADE PARENT LETTER

10TH GRADE PARENT LETTER

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Volusia County Schools will administer the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test to 10th grade students on October 13, 2021.  This test is used as a counseling and diagnostic tool which can also be used to get students to start thinking about advanced coursework and college/career planning.  While this test is optional for grade 10 students, there are many benefits for students that take it, some of which are the following:

  • that Grade 10 PSAT/NMSQT testing is an indicator of performance on the SAT.
  • The PSAT/NMSQT includes reading, mathematics, and writing and language components that focus on the knowledge and skills that are most essential for college and career readiness and success; it is also used as a diagnostic tool to measure and follow student performance and pinpoint areas for development.
  • Results can help identify each student’s potential for academic success at the postsecondary level.
  • Test results will provide high school guidance counselors with information to help identify students who may be ready to enroll and be successful in Advanced Placement and other college preparatory courses, or identify students who may need additional instruction to do so.
  • Test results can open up discussion about future education plans may not have been considered otherwise.

Calculator Policy and tips for PSAT/NMSQT:

  • Students are strongly encouraged to bring a calculator to the PSAT/NMSQT on test day, whether or not they plan to use it.
  • Take a calculator you are comfortable using. Don't buy a new one just for the test.
  • Don't try to use the calculator on every question. No question requires one.
  • Decide how to solve each problem before deciding whether to use a calculator.
  • Practice sample questions with a calculator on hand.
  • Approved Calculators
  • Four-function calculator
  • Scientific calculator
  • Graphing calculator

Calculators Not Permitted

  • Pocket organizer
  • Hand-held or laptop computer
  • Electronic writing pad, tablet, or pen input device
  • Calculator with a QWERTY (typewriter-like) keypad
  • Calculator with paper tape
  • Calculator that makes noises or "talks"
  • Calculator with a power cord or that requires an outlet

If you have questions regarding calculators, please contact Michael Chase at [email protected]

If you would like for your child not to participate in the PSAT test, please contact Brandy Meadows at [email protected] by September 24, 2021.

You may visit https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10 for more information, including practice tests and sample questions.

Thank you,

 

Michael Micallef

PSAT 11TH GRADE PARENT LETTER

11TH GRADE PARENT LETTER

August 18th 2021

 

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Volusia County Schools is delighted to offer the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) to interested Juniors on Wed. October 13th. This is an excellent opportunity for your student to gain valuable information and experience related to College Admissions Testing. It also serves as a great way for students to qualify for National Merit Scholarship Programs.

The PSAT/NMSQT includes reading, mathematics, and writing and language components that focus on the knowledge and skills that are most essential for college and career readiness and success; it is also used as a diagnostic tool to measure and follow student performance and pinpoint areas for development.

A nominal fee of $18.00 to take this assessment is required for Juniors. Students must submit the completed bottom portion of this form and the $18.00 fee (exact cash, check payable to Deltona HS, or money order) to Mrs. Meadows no later than the end of the school day on Friday September 11th. Juniors who qualify for free/reduced lunch as of September 11th may be eligible for a free test waiver, if they are one of the first 25 students to submit their paperwork with the proper information checked below. Free/Reduced lunch status will be verified, and students will be notified if they do not qualify for the test waiver. Students not submitting paperwork and fees by the deadline will not be permitted to test.

Results from the PSAT/NMSQT can help identify each student’s potential for academic success at the postsecondary level. Test results will provide high school guidance counselors with information to help identify students who may be ready to enroll and be successful in Advanced Placement, AICE and other college preparatory courses, or identify students who may need additional instruction to do so. Test results can open up discussion about future education plans that may not have been considered otherwise.

If you would like for your child to participate in the PSAT/NMSQT test, please complete the bottom portion of this form and submit the completed form and the $18.00 fee to Brandy Meadows no later than the end of the school day on September 24th 2021. You may visit https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10 for more information, practice tests and sample questions.

Thank you,

DHS Testing Office & DHS School Counseling Team

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I would like for my Junior student to take the PSAT/NMSQT on October 13th 2021 and (check one):

 

                             I have included the $18.00 fee (exact cash, money order, or check payable to Deltona HS)     -OR-

 

                             My student qualifies for Free/Reduced lunch and I am requesting a fee waiver (limited; first come first serve)

                              

Parent Signature: _______________________________________________________                   Date: __________________

 

 

Student’s First & Last Name: ______________________________________________________________________________

 

ALPHA Code: _______________                 Birthdate: _________________________

 

***Return completed forms and money to Brandy Meadows (Building 6/Room 21) in the Front Office, no later than Friday September 24th, 2021***

PSAT 11TH GRADE LETTER FOR PAYMENT