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FORT BEND ISD (Covering Fort Bend News) – On Wednesday, Oct. 16, students in grades 8-11 will take the following exams, based on their grade level:

Current 8th and 9th grade students will take the PSAT 8/9. The PSAT™ 8/9 is the first test in the SAT Suite of Assessments. Designed for eighth and ninth graders and tightly aligned with the SAT® and PSAT/NMSQT®, the PSAT 8/9 establishes a baseline for college and career readiness as students enter high school. The PSAT 8/9 measures the reading, writing and language, and math skills students need for college and a career. Campuses will not supply calculators for the PSAT 8/9, so students are encouraged to bring their own if they would like to use one.  According to College Board, calculators are not essential for success on the PSAT 8/9 and there is only one math section where calculator use is prohibited.

Current 10th and 11th grade students will take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). The PSAT/NMSQT measures the reading, writing and language, and math skills students need to be ready for college and a career. Campuses will only supply calculators to 11th grade students who are the only level eligible for the National Merit Scholarship program.  While calculators are not essential for success on the PSAT/NMSQT, 10th grade students are encouraged to bring their own device if they would like to use one for the test, since campuses will not provide calculators to 10th graders.

Students may prepare for the PSAT/NMSQT by visiting Khan Academy at www.satpractice.org. By linking their Khan Academy account with their College Board account, students are able to access free, personalized practice recommendations based on previous years’ test results that are tailored to their own strengths, weaknesses, and progress. Juniors who do well can qualify for national recognition and scholarships based on their performance on the PSAT/NMSQT®.

Students or parents with questions about the Oct. 16 tests are encouraged to contact their school counselor for more details.

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