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College Readiness Day, Oct. 11

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Welcome back to another school year. October 11 is a very important date on the school calendar at Blake High School – College Readiness Day. On this day, we will pause from our instruction in the morning to give every 9-11 grader the opportunity to know where they stand in preparation for life after high school. The College Board’s Preliminary SAT (PSAT) will be one of the main focuses for the day. We will administer the official PSAT, or a practice test, on Wednesday, October 11 at 7:45 a.m. to students in grades 9, 10 and 11. The PSAT is the first official step on the road to college and we hope you will use this information to discuss post-secondary planning with your student. In addition, for Juniors not taking the PSAT, we will be offering the Accuplacer for students who are considering other options for college, namely two year community college programs.

All students in Grades 9-11 are to be in school on October 11 for testing.

Students in Grade 11 have two options available:
• The College Board’s PSAT is critical for students in Grade 11 considering a four year college or university. It is the qualifying exam for the National Merit Scholarship Program and National Hispanic Recognition Program. This is arguably the most important step juniors will take to prepare for life after high school. Students in Grade 11 who wish to take the official PSAT must register and pay $16 online by October 2.
• Juniors who do not register and pay for the official PSAT test will prepare for college by taking the Accuplacer on October 11. The Accuplacer is a college placement test, also created by The College Board. It is used by community colleges and several 4 year universities as a placement rather than entrance exam.

Students in Grade 10 are:
• Automatically registered for the PSAT and it is paid for by Montgomery County Public Schools. No Registration form is necessary. Sophomores will take the official test, under timed testing criteria, and will receive a full report on their performance. This feedback is important in preparing for their future college testing.

Students in Grade 9 have two options available:
• Students enrolled in Geometry, Honors Geometry, Algebra 2, Honors Algebra 2 or Honors Precalculus, are far enough along in their math skills to register for the official PSAT. Students in grade 9 who wish to take the official PSAT test must register and pay $16.00 online by October 2.
• Students enrolled in Algebra 1, and those who do not pay for the official PSAT test, will take a practice version of the PSAT. There is no cost for this version and they do not need to register. Students who take the practice test will receive a score report.

We will have a table set up outside the Counseling Office during the Table Fair at Back-to-School Night on Thursday, September 14, and the Career Center open for online PSAT registration and payment. Please use this information to discuss college planning with your student.


Robert Sinclair, Jr.

PSAT Registration Form