POTTSTOWN PA – Some Pottsgrove High School juniors think the scary season is just around the corner … and they aren’t talking about Halloween.
The PSAT – a national practice test intended to help juniors prepare for college admission examinations to be taken during their senior year – will be administered by Pottsgrove next Wednesday (Oct. 28, 2015) beginning at 7:30 a.m. For many students, it represents their first encounter with the system that could put them on track for higher education options and a career of their dreams.
For a few, it also presents a case of the jitters and a little angst over the outcome.
Principal Dr. Bill Ziegler has spent recent weeks encouraging all 11th-graders to participate, and not to worry. The “P” in PSAT should stand for “practice;” colleges don’t use the scores as part of their admissions process. Instead, Ziegler wrote in his Oct. 13 newsletter, “this valuable test … is a low-cost way” for juniors to quickly and simply gain experience with the exam.
The test registration fee was only $15. For that sum juniors got a pre-test practice booklet, qualified to take the exam, will receive their results and other test materials in December, and also get access to online practice tools for the SAT (it’s the big test which counts) coming in the spring and later.
The PSAT registration window has already closed; sign-ups were accepted only though Oct. 5 on a first-come, first-served basis.
Taking the PSAT also is the only way students can be considered to earn National Merit Scholarships. Just ask Pottsgrove senior Elizabeth Driehaus, who because of her score on last year’s PSAT is now a merit scholarship semi-finalist competing to win one of 7,000 financial support packages available across the country.
Top photo from Google Images; Driehaus photo from Pottsgrove High School