• Newton North High School

    Counseling & Guidance Department

    457 Walnut Street, Newtonville, MA 02460

    Ph: 617-559-6230      Fax: 617-559-6249

     

     

     

    September 8, 2017

     

     

    Dear Newton North Parent/Guardian,

     

    I hope the school year is starting off well and that your child is finding the right balance between school, extra curricular activities and outside interests and responsibilities. Although college planning does not formally begin until the second semester of junior year, juniors are encouraged to take the PSAT on Saturday, October 14 at 7:45 am at Newton North.

     

    As you may know, the PSAT, created by the College Board, is the practice test for the SAT Reasoning Test that serves as a college entrance exam. For juniors, it also serves as the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship Program. Since the PSAT is a practice test, the scores will not be sent to any colleges or post-graduate programs and it will not go on student transcripts. The PSAT tests two major subjects: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, and Math. The total score range is from 320-1520, with one score for Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and one score math, each within a range of 160-760. Score reports will be received electronically from the College Board in the winter. You can find out more about the actual test on the College Board website at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10.

     

    Facts to consider:

    • The cost is $30.00 and payment will be accepted through on on-line system called Total Registration. The details of the payment program and the time frame will be sent out by early next week.
    • Fee waivers are available to students/families who are eligible to receive financial assistance. Information on how to apply for a fee waiver is forthcoming.
    • The College Board only recognizes an alternate test date for religious purposes. In this case, students must take the PSAT on Wednesday, October 18 at another school since Newton North is not an alternate test center. Students/families need to research schools that offer the test on October 18th on their own.
    • After a student registers and pays for the PSAT, they will receive a PSAT Practice Booklet. Information regarding the dissemination of the booklet is forthcoming.

     

    Special Accommodations:

    • Students, who are on an IEP or a 504 Accommodation Plan and want to request special testing accommodations such as extended time or use of a computer, need to apply to the College Board through the Special Education Department. Please refer to the attached letter that was sent to families back in August.

     

     

    The Day of the Test:

    • On the morning of the test, students arrive by 7:45am and go to the library. Outside the library, the room rosters will be posted. Room rosters are in alphabetical order.
    • Students must bring the school ID or some form of personal ID.
    • Students should bring pencils and a calculator.
    • Students should not bring snacks or water bottles, unless approved by College Board Special Testing Accommodations.
    • The test will take approximately three hours, unless a student is eligible for extended time through the College Board, which may result in an extra hour.

     

    Testing Coordinator Contact Information:

    Questions regarding the implementation of the PSAT at North should be directed to:

     

    Anthony Patelis, Testing Coordinator

    Anthony_patelis@newton.k12.ma.us

    Office 321-G

    617-559-6200 ext. 45445

     

    Brendan Amedio, Assistant Testing Coordinator

    Brendan_Amedio@newton.k12.ma.us

    Office 346

    617-559-6242

     

     

    If you have any specific questions regarding the PSAT test and how it impacts your child, please contact your child’s school counselor.

     

     

    Sincerely,

     

     

    Beth Swederskas

    Counseling Department Chair

    Newton North High School