Standardized testing

Updated 8/17/2020

 

2020 PSAT opportunity for homeschoolers

St. Thomas Aquinas High School (114th & Pflumm Road, Lenexa KS) is offering to administer the PSAT to homeschooled students when they test their students on Wednesday morning, October 14, 2020.

 

Masks will be required. **PLEASE NOTE that all information and plans are subject to change based on health recommendations and school policies. **

 

Fifty spaces are available for us. Juniors (students who will graduate in the 2021-22 school year) who take the PSAT are eligible for the National Merit scholarship program. Sophomores and freshmen are welcome (as space allows) to take the test as practice. Testing includes a sample test mailed to you in late September. For questions about the test or information on how to prepare for the test, go to: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10

 

To register for the test, send your student’s name, grade level, mailing address, contact email address, and phone number on a 3×5 card along with two checks:

 

1. $25.00 made out to St. Thomas Aquinas with the student’s name and grade level in the memo
2. $10.00 made out to Sarah McLaughlin for mailing and administrative expenses. Please contact me if you need to send the fees electronically.

 

Mail information and both checks by Friday, September 18th to:

 

Sarah McLaughlin
11463 S Millview Rd
Olathe, KS 66061.

 

For more information, please call 913.220.8199 or email machouse5@gmail.com.

 

Preference for spaces will be given to MPE members. If you are unsure of your membership expiry date, please login and check your membership date or email info@midwesthomeschoolers.org or call 913.599.0311.

 

Why take the PSAT / NMSQT?

Homeschool juniors often take the Pre-SAT to practice for the Scholastic Aptitude Test, or SAT. The Pre-SAT is also the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT), so if students are in the top percentile, they may qualify for national merit scholarships.

“If you have a rising junior who tests well, I strongly strongly encourage you to sign up for the PSAT. Our son had multiple full-ride scholarship offers because of his success on the PSAT (which is the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship competition).” Russ McGuire’s comment on our Facebook page

Testing preparation and suggested materials

Here are resources that homeschoolers have found helpful in preparing for the PSAT:

  • Khan Academy – Free preparation for the SAT: many homeschoolers (including National Merit Scholars) have done very well on the PSAT by preparing for the harder SAT!
  • Princeton Review – The Princeton Review is very popular for focusing on proven strategies to ace standardized tests. Many of their products can be found secondhand and in used bookstores for families on a tight budget.
  • For questions about the test or for how to prepare for the test (including a new practice test question each day), go to: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10

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