PSAT to be administered on Tue., Jan. 26

Jane Roth
Grades 9, 10, 11 will sit for these tests. Read on . . .
On the morning of Tuesday, January 26, students in grades 9, 10, and 11 will sit for the PSAT. As usual the 10th and 11th graders will take the PSAT/NMSQT, and for the first time, we are pleased to offer the 9th graders the chance to sit for the PSAT 8/9. Please read the following information carefully so that you are prepared for the tests. 

Note that middle-school classes will run as usual and 12th graders will enjoy a day off!

Be seated by 8:25 a.m. so that testing can begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. The tests will be finished by noon. 
  • 11th graders: Gym
  • 10th graders: Dining Hall
  • 9th graders: Middle
While PSAT scores are not reported to colleges, this is an excellent opportunity for 9th and 10th graders to get practice taking a standardized test, to gain familiarity with question types, and to identify areas for more practice. The student score report from the PSAT provides a number of subscores which can be used to direct study for the SAT or ACT (though the tests are not the same, they are similar and test many of the same skills). In particular, the purpose of the PSAT 8/9 is to help 9th graders determine what they need to focus on most as they prepare for future standardized tests. 

Additionally, for 11th graders, the PSAT is the qualifying test for a number of recognitions, including the National Merit Scholarship. While this particular scholarship is only open to students in eleventh grade who are U.S. Citizens or permanent residents, there are other honors and awards with different requirements. 
What do the tests cover?
  • PSAT 8/9:  The test is 2 hours and 25 minutes and has three sections covering reading (55 minutes), writing and language (30 minutes), and math (60 minutes). See the College Board website and the student guide for details and practice resources.
  • PSAT/NMSQT (10th and 11th): The test is 2 hours and 45 minutes and has four sections covering reading (60 min.), writing and language (35 min.), and math with no calculator (25 min.), math with calculator (45 min.). Visit the College Board website for practice resources.
What should I bring?
  • At least two #2 pencils (no pens or highlighters)
  • A scientific or graphing calculator (The one you use for math or science class is perfect. Please be aware you must supply your own calculator).
  • If you tend to get cold, bring a sweatshirt or light jacket.
  • Day students are encouraged to bring a snack from home to be eaten during testing breaks.
What may I not bring?
  • Phones, smartwatches, or cameras: Leave your phone in your dorm or turn it off and give it to the proctor when you arrive in the testing room.
  • Rulers, compasses, protractors, books or reference materials
  • Pens, highlighters, colored pencils
If you have any questions, please let me know. In the meantime, I encourage you to take advantage of the practice resources that will familiarize you with the format of the test and the questions.
All the best,
Jane Roth
Director of Academics

Thomas Jefferson School

4100 S. Lindbergh Boulevard
Saint Louis, MO 63127
P. (314) 843-4151
F. (314) 843-3527