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What is the PSAT 8/9?

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Is this new? I didn't take the PSAT until 10th grade, and even then it was for practice to improve possible NMF qualification in 11th grade. We have ASB/test access at the local junior high because my son participates in after school activities. Is there a reason he should take this test? The school administers it to all district enrolled 9th graders. I'd prefer he NOT take it unless there are some major college benefits I'm missing. Thoughts?

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It’s not new. Talent Search programs has been using that for quite some time.

The College Board has partnered with multiple Talent Search programs to offer weekend PSAT 8/9 administrations to gifted and talented students in grades 3–6. Students can register through Talent Search programs from September 2018–January 2019.” https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-8-9/taking-the-test/talent-search-students

“The PSAT 8/9 tests the same skills and knowledge as the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, and PSAT 10—in a way that makes sense for eighth and ninth graders. It measures what they’re already learning, shows them whether they’re on track for college, and lets them know where they need the most improvement. That means students have time to tackle these areas long before they take the SAT.” https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-8-9/k12-educators/overview

student guide https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/pdf/psat-8-9-student-guide.pdf

Prepare for the 2018-19 PSAT™ 8/9 https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/ppt/prepare-psat-8-9.ppt

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This is the third year the PSAT 8/9 and PSAT 10 have been offered, in addition to the "regular" PSAT, which was revamped in 2015 to match the new SAT that was rolled out in the spring of 2016. (The younger versions were also rolled out in 2015.) Content of the younger PSAT tests is geared for grades 8-9 students (PSAT 8/9) or grade 10 students (PSAT 10). Also, the PSAT 10 is usually offered as prep for the PSAT in the spring of 10th grade, just a few months before students will be taking the "for-real" PSAT in Oct. of 11th grade.

This Prep Scholar article has info about the PSAT "suite" of tests, and whether you might need them or not.

My cynical self says it is College Board's way of making more money through feeding on the fear and frenzy of public schools and parents who are panicking about getting students into college by making them think there is a reason to start testing even earlier in grades 8, 9 and 10 to be "prepped" for the "real" tests in grades 11 and 12.

The only reason I can think of to take the PSAT 10 or PSAT 8/9 is if your student would benefit from the extra testing to give a boost/practice for taking the regular PSAT in 11th grade when the score "counts" for possible NM scholarships. (Esp. if your local schools don't allow students under grade 11 to take the actual PSAT as advance practice.)

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Add me to the cynics. It's a money maker for the college board. I see no need for this test. (Talent searches accept the regular SAT)

The PSAT itself is already a preparatory test for the "real" thing, the SAT. This is prepping for the prep.

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