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At Bishop McCort, we strive to prepare your child for college and beyond.  The SAT is one of the most important steps in the college admission process.  Due to the importance of early preparation, practice, and exposure to these tests, Bishop McCort makes it possible for all students to take the PSAT/NMSQT or the PSAT 8/9.  On October 10, 2018, the PSAT will be administered during the school day for grades 7 through 11. 

Students in grades 7, 8, & 9 will take the PSAT 8/9.  This test is formatted much like the redesigned SAT and is designed specifically for students in those grades.  The PSAT 8/9 will assess student’s progress toward concepts and skills needed to succeed not only on the SAT, but also in high school and college.  Students taking the exam will also be given an individualized score code to link to the 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.

Students in grades 10 & 11 will take the PSAT/NMSQT.  The National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) is an important tool in gaining recognition and access to the scholarship program for 11th grade students.  Bishop McCort students have consistently been recognized as NMSQT scholars over the years and it has undoubtedly assisted with college acceptance rates and financial award opportunities.  Students taking the PSAT/NMSQT will also gain the same access to Khan Academy and the important assessment data from the test.     

There is no additional charge to student for the test.  All students are expected to take the PSAT.  Research supports practice tests as the primary method to increase standardized test scores.  This is extremely imperative in a Catholic School setting where standardize testing is not the norm! PSAT is a great academic opportunity for all students.     

Students in grades 7 through 11 should make sure that they arrive on time for school that day and make sure they have had a good breakfast and a good night sleep.  Any student arriving late and after testing has begun will not be able to take the exam.  Additionally, please remember that students will also be dismissed at 12:30 that day as well. 

Every student should visit for more information, test-taking tips, and explanations to answers from past tests.