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Due to current stay at home orders, SJUSD is not able to offer in person testing for the January 26th PSAT/NMSQT.
The PSAT/NMSQT is historically the only test for 11th grade students to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program.
The National Merit Program has taken the current barriers into account and is allowing current 11th grade students to qualify for The National Merit Scholarship Program by submitting test scores from the SAT. SAT tests taken between August 2020- June 2021 can be submitted.
Students must submit their SAT scores to National Merit through the College Boar by officially sending scores through College Board to code 0085 (National Merit Scholarship Program). National Merit must receive the scores no later than October 15, 2021.
Additionally, students must submit a form to the National Merit Progrm by APRIL 1, 2021. The form can be found here.
10th grade testing PSAT10
10 graders will hopefully have the option to take the PSAT 10 at each high school. Each site will choose a test day during the test window.
- February 22–March 26, 2021
On site test administration will occur if we are able to return to in person learning during that window. Please contact your high school for specific test date information for the PSAT 10 for 10th graders.
For students not able to test the PSAT/NMSQT in January, the following links can help students stay on track with college planning. Many of these are applicable to ALL students, including our 9th and 10th graders.
- Student Search Service - The College Board's Student Search Service is a free, voluntary program that connects students with information about educational and financial aid opportunities from nearly 1,900 eligible colleges and universities, and scholarship and other educational programs. When students take the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, and PSAT 10, they’re asked if they want to participate. Students can also opt in online at any time. By opting in, they give the College Board permission to share their names and limited information with colleges and scholarship programs looking for students like them.
- Big Future Days – Free virtual college fairs for high school sophomores and juniors to help connect them with hundreds of colleges, admissions officers, and current college students. BigFuture Days are designed to give students a tailored experience so that they can establish connections with colleges and take action on important college planning tasks, like building a college list and identifying scholarships to apply for. Student are welcome to join any of the BigFuture days we are hosting. Online registration is required; students can attend any or all events, including events for colleges outside the region in which they live. Parents and Educators can also attend; separate registration is required.
- College Board Opportunity Scholarships – All juniors are now eligible to opt-in to this incredible scholarship opportunity. The College Board Opportunity Scholarships offer nearly $5 million in scholarships each year as a way to reward students for their efforts to plan and pay for college. Complete six college planning steps for six separate chances at winning $500. When they finish all six, they are entered into a drawing for a $40,000 scholarship.
- Official SAT Practice with Khan Academy – Students can link their College Board and Khan Academy accounts (both free) to build a personalized practice plan based on their PSAT assessment results from previous years; or take a series of diagnostic quizzes online. Full-length SAT Practice tests are available, in addition thousands of practice questions, videos, lessons, and hints plus study and test-taking tips and strategies. Students receive constant feedback so they can check their understanding and skills.
San Juan Unified provides the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) to all 10th and 11th grade students at no cost to help promote access to Advanced Placement courses and college for all students.
This pre-college assessment is a tool for educators, students and parents/guardians to see students’ progress toward college readiness, including their potential success in rigorous coursework.
Because San Juan Unified is providing the PSAT to all 10th and 11th grade students:
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- Schools will be able to identify 10th and 11th grade students with potential to succeed in higher-level coursework, including Advanced Placement (AP), and encourage them to enroll in those courses.
- Students will be able to access additional resources targeted to their areas of need before taking the SAT.
- Students and their families can use their scores to advocate for a more challenging academic plan.
- The district is removing barriers to college entry for under-served populations, including low-income students and those who will be the first in their families to attend college.