Updates for this year's PSAT which will be held October 15th:
The PSAT is a test used in the junior year/11th grade of high school to help students practice and prepare for taking the SAT in 12th grade as well as helping to designate those 11th grade scholars who should receive additional college scholarships via the National Merit Scholarship Program:
National Merit Scholarship Corporation - NMSP
In the past, 9th and 10th grade homeschoolers have taken the PSAT as practice tests, to get a feel for how it all works and to see their scores improving. Many have taken the PSAT at Umpqua Valley Christian School (UVC) out in Dixonville (east Roseburg).
This year, however, UVC only ordered 30 test booklets based on the size of last year's sophomore year class. This year, they have 22 sophomores/juniors who will be taking the PSAT, if I'm understanding correctly what the man in charge of the PSAT at UVC told me over the phone.
They will allow homeschoolers who are in the 11th grade (Junior year) to be next on their list to take the PSAT out there at UVC. They will need payment turned in by October 8th, either mailed to their office or hand-delivered to their office.
Homeschooled students who are younger than 11th grade cannot be guaranteed a place to test at UVC until after everyone else has registered and paid (deadline of October 8th).
If you have 9th or 10th graders who will be taking the PSAT next month, you won't be able to wait until Oct. 8th to find out if they'll be allowed to take the test at UVC, because if that doesn't work out, it will be too late to sign up for the other high schools in the area.
You may want to have your high schoolers take the PSAT at your local high school this year, to guarantee each of them a spot to take the test. If you are going to have students younger than the 11th grade sign up to take the PSAT, I'd recommend that you call the high school closest to you this next week to register them. All students taking the PSAT, regardless of their grade level, will need to pre-register at one of the local high schools to take the PSAT.
At Roseburg High School, the man with whom you will speak is Mr. Jim Early, a guidance counselor. He is very helpful, and for homeschoolers, he won't require homeschooled students to bring a state-issued I.D. card or even a homeschool student body card with them, which is really nice, because for the 9th and 10th graders, or those students who don't yet have a driver permit/driver license, a state-issued I.D. card costs $44.50! Yikes.
Mr. Early needs paid registration for the PSAT by Tuesday, September 30th. To find the Career Center, go into the main entrance/main building at RHS, go to the left, and it's supposed to be down that hallway.
If you have any questions, please call Mr. Early at 440-4155.
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