PSAT for Juniors

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Date(s) - 10/26/21
7:45 am - 11:00 am

September 14, 2021

Dear Columbia High School Families:

On Tuesday, October 26, 2021, all 11th grade CHS students will have the opportunity to take the Preliminary SAT also known as the PSAT for free. 10th graders WILL NOT be testing this year. All 9th , 10th and 12th grade students should report to school at 11:00am for 5th period.

The PSAT will be useful in helping to prepare your 11th grade child for the SAT exam.  All testing conditions (no food, no cell phones, no talking, etc.) are in place during the test, with an exemption for those who have accommodations. Any violation of testing conditions will require administration to void a student’s test.  It will not be scored by the College Board.

The results of PSAT will be used to guide you, your family, and your child’s guidance counselor in the planning for the rest of his or her school career.  By participating in the exam and completing the appropriate requirements, your child will become eligible for the National Merit Scholarship Program.  The scores are also useful in helping to determine student readiness and potential placement in Advanced Placement (AP) courses.

All 11th grade students are encouraged to review the full-length practice test before taking the PSAT.  As with all tests, students are encouraged to take their time, read carefully, and thoughtfully select responses.  We have found that the best way for students to prepare for this exam is to get an appropriate amount of sleep, eat good meals, and maintain a healthy balance of school and extracurricular activities.  Doing these things provides an overall positive cumulative effect and positions them for academic success.

Finally, students have been encouraged to check with their guidance counselor if they have any questions and to sign up at for daily updates, questions of the day, and practice questions.  All 11th grade students should report to school by 7:45am on October 26th; testing locations will close their doors at 8:00am in order for test administration to begin. 


Terry Woolard                       

Assistant Principal                                                   

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