District Assessments

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  SAT and PSAT/NMSQT testing: 

 We are set to give the PSAT and the SAT in the spring of 2021.  

PSAT:

  • Testing dates: April 14, 15 and 16
  • Make-up testing window: April 28 or 29
  • Accommodation window: April 14-21

SAT:

  • Testing date: April 14
  • Make-up test: April 28
  • Accommodation window: April 14-17

 

I know you are all looking foward to this testing, and would like to study so you get a score that would put Einstein to shame.    See below for your best bet in study habbits.  

 

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NWEA testing is given 3 times a year, grades 3-8.   

Please click this link to see what its all about!    https://www.nwea.org/the-map-suite/family-toolkit/

CMAS testing PRACTICE!:  Do you have testing anxiety?   You may want to check this out.  

This link is helpful for students to visit so they get used to seeing the questions, how they are worded and how they are set up within the test.
 

SAT/PSAT! 

 

 Are you a full time student?   Are you a part time student, and part time home school student?   DON'T WORRY!!   The district registers you for the test and pays for it.   

 

"What about the optional essay?" you may ask.   There will be a letter sent home, and will need to be signed and returned a month ahead of the deadline.  While this is not a "must do", it may be worth doing if you are planning on going to a college that will look at it.   Shoot me an email if you have questions about what schools may look at it.  

 

FULL TIME HOMESCHOOL STUDENTS: if you are a full time home school student, you need to register yourself, and unfortunatly the cost is your responsibility.  

 

SAT/PSAT practice test questions:   Do you have testing anxiety? Do yourself a favor and check out the practice questions.   It will help you get over some of your fears of taking the tests.   
It is also highly recommend that students sign up for and use the Kahn Academy Test prep. It is free and aligned with the actual SAT questions. https://www.khanacademy.org/test-prep/sat
 
More Helpful information regarding the SAT/PSAT:

The SAT is broken up into three sections consisting of four tests and an optional fourth section, the SAT Essay. The total time for the SAT is 180 minutes, not including breaks, and the SAT Essay is 50 minutes.

  • Reading: 65-minute section with 52 questions (75 seconds per question)
  • Writing and Language: 35-minute section with 44 questions (about 48 seconds per question)
  • Math – No Calculator: 25-minute section with 20 questions (75 seconds per question)
  • Math – Calculator: 55-minute section with 38 questions (about 87 seconds per question)
  • Essay (optional): 50 minutes, one essay

How Many Breaks Are There During the SAT?

There are several breaks built into the SAT schedule. The first is a 10-minute break between the Reading Test and the Writing and Language Test. Later, there's a 5-minute break between the two Math Tests. Finally, if you’re taking the SAT Essay or if your test has an additional 20-minute section, you’ll get a 2-minute break after the Math Test – Calculator.

When Does the SAT Start?

Test center doors open at 7:45 a.m. on test day and close at 8 a.m. Once students are in their testing room, the proctor will collect all electronic devices and backpacks and check to make sure all calculators are approved for the SAT. Some extra time may be needed so students can add the SAT Essay on-site. After all students are seated, checked in, and ready to begin the test, the proctor distributes the test materials and reads the preliminary instructions. The test begins between 8:30 and 9 a.m., based on how long these steps take.

How Do I Know How Much Time I Have Left?

The proctor will announce during different sections how much time remains. The timing of the first announcement depends on the length of that section but comes at roughly the halfway point. A second warning is given with 5 minutes remaining. Once time is up, you’ll hear that classic line: “Please stop work and put your pencil down.”

The proctor will also post the exact time each test section started and ended, and exactly when the test will resume after any breaks.

Why Was There a 5th Section On the SAT?

Your SAT test may contain an additional 20-minute section. We occasionally pre-test new test items to determine if they should be used on future SAT test forms. Pre-test items can appear in any section and are not included in computing students’ scores. This means that test time is extended by 20 minutes for students taking both the SAT and the SAT with Essay. If there will be a fifth section, the test center supervisor will share instructions before the test begins.

Can I bring my cell phone or other electronic devices to this test?

Absolutly not.   Leave it in your locker or at home.   Unfortunatly if you are using your phone or other devices not labeled as OK by the manual, your test will be marked void and you will have to retake it on your own dime. 

Dont worry, your instagram, facebook and favorite Youtube channels will understand and will most likely stand by waiting for your return with baited breath.   

P.S. leave your phone at home. 

 

 

When Is the SAT Over?

The release time for students taking the SAT will vary slightly by test center or even by room in a test center. The main sections take 3 hours and students are given 15 minutes for breaks, and there’s setup time before the test can begin and time to explain the instructions before each section. Some students will take the SAT Essay, which lasts an additional 50 minutes.  Your test may also include a 20-minute extra section to test questions for future SAT tests.  Students taking the SAT with no Essay should finish between 12:15 and 12:45 p.m. and students taking the SAT with Essay should finish between 1 and 1:30 p.m.

Once the test is complete and all test booklets turned in, the proctor will return all electronic devices and backpacks.

Other Time Factors

Travel Time – Figure out travel time to your test center, and make sure you can be there before the doors close at 8 a.m. on test day.

Special Accommodations – Students with specific needs due to medical conditions or other circumstances can get either extended or more frequent breaks or extra testing time for each section.

Additional SAT Test Day Information

Access more information on https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/taking-the-test/what-to-expect , so there won't be any surprises to delay you or your fellow test takers. Don’t forget to bring a valid ID, No. 2 pencils, and an acceptable calculator (please see: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/taking-the-test/calculator-policy)– use our test day checklist (https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/taking-the-test/test-day-checklist) as a reminder of everything you need. And remember, the proctor will hold your electronic devices until the test is over.

Now you know how long the SAT takes and everything that impact timing on test day. Good luck!

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I will attempt to help you the best I can.