The PSAT, generally taken in the junior year of high school, is the national test used to help determine student eligibility for the National Merit Scholar Program....translated as...college $$$ for your high schooler.
Many families view the PSAT as just a "practice test" for the SAT, and while it is that, it also enables the highest scoring students in the nation to earn full rides and partial scholarships to colleges and universities. At least one of the recently graduated homeschooled teens in our county has also received a four-year scholarship based on his PSAT scores.
The PSAT is a $20 test that is given at public (and some private) high schools in mid-October. Some public high schools have chosen to not allow homeschoolers to participate in their PSAT testing day.
Umpqua Valley Christian School has slots for 30 students to register to take the PSAT. They will be announcing registration to their own students this next week. Sign-ups and payment (in person or via postal letter) must be received by Wednesday, September 19th at 4:00 p.m. at the UVC high school office located at 18585 Dixonville Road, Roseburg, OR, 97470.
If you register in person, you may pick up a practice book from their office. The practice books may or may not be able to be downloaded from the College Board website.
The PSAT at UVC will take place on Wednesday, October 17, 2012. Students must arrive by 7:45 a.m. at Umpqua Valley Christian School in order to be admitted to the testing site.
If you have a 9th-11th grader who is probably going to be college-bound, it is recommended to take the PSAT at least once before the junior year, as a practice run-through.
In order for your family to directly receive the results of the PSAT, you will need to enter the Oregon homeschool code: 993899. Otherwise, the results will be mailed to the school at which the test was taken.