Tests scheduled at Vermillion Schools

Tests scheduled at Vermillion Schools The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) for juniors will be administered on Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $10. Some sophomores should consider taking the PSAT and should stop by the guidance office.

The PSAT/NMSQT measures verbal and mathematical reasoning abilities important in preparation for, and success in college. The PSAT/NMSQT gives students the opportunity to practice for the SAT 1: Reasoning Test, enter scholarship competitions, seek information from colleges, and get feedback about critical academic skills. The PSAT/NMSQT requires two hours and 10 minutes and contains verbal questions in two sections, math questions in two sections, and writing skills questions in a fifth section.

Before taking the test, students will receive a student bulletin containing a complete test with an answer key and scoring instructions. In December, students will receive a report of student answers and their test booklets to help them interpret their test results and to plan for college.

Freshman Testing:

The South Dakota State Department of Education and Cultural Affairs has selected the ACT Career Planning Program (CPP) for use in the South Dakota Career Assessment Program.

The CPP was developed to help secondary and postsecondary institutions meet the career and educational planning needs of their enrolled and prospective students. The fundamental purpose of this unique assessment-based career planning tool is to assist with exploration of self in relation to careers. The CPP will be administered to all freshman on Tuesday morning, Oct. 19.

Stanford Test:

During the week of Oct. 4-8, grades 5 and 9 will be taking the Stanford Writing Assessment test. This test is required by the South Dakota State Board of Education. This writing test offers a picture of a student's ability to communicate effectively.

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