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Getting Ready for the SAT

As Londonderry High School juniors, you will take the PSAT in the fall and the SAT in the late winter/spring of your junior year. Both tests will occur during the regular school day.

Prep. for PSAT and SAT: College Board Resources

The key to success with the PSAT and SAT is preparation. You need to be familiar with the structure and pattern of test questions and you need to be confident in your skills as a reader and writer.

To get started, visit the Colllege Board< >. To access the personalized training, including the SAT Question of the Day, you'll need to use your College Board account. 

I recommend using the SAT Question of the Day and the Khan Academy (all part of the College Board's resources). I also recommend that you download the app for the Question of the Day and Khan Academy SAT preparation. They will personalize your preparation for the SAT and help you become familiar with the test.

NOTE: When you create your College Board account, be very careful with email, user names and passwords. You'll need to remember them throughout sophomore, junior and senior years.

Prep. for PSAT and SAT: Course Curriculum

Our course curiculum prepares you for your future by strengthening and deepening your skills as a reader and writer. 

You continually develop and deepen your skills as a reader when you: 

  • engage in a dialog with a text
  • analyze your response to a text
  • develop an argument and select passages from a text as support
  • identify connections and reflect on their significance
  • develop questions
  • research to discover answers to questions and explore connections
  • explore literary criticism (reviews, editorials, articles, documentaries etc. …)
  •  develop your vocabulary.

You continually develop and deepen your skills as a writer when you:

  • engage in the writing process – brainstorming, drafting, editing and revising
  • effectively use online resources to edit and refine your writing
  • create a supported argument with strong voice, idea development, word choice and organization
  • develop your range through multiple genres – argument, reflection, prose and poetry
  • develop your vocabulary.

Additional Resources from the College Board

Resources Outside the College Board

  • Mrs. Juster's Virtual Classroom
    • Brush-up on your editing skills with the resources posted here. You can review the rules for common errors and even take some practice quizzes to help sharpen your skills.
  • Khan Academy's YouTube Channel - Discover helpful tips for the writing (outside of the essay) and reading sections of the SAT.

What to do on PSAT TEST DAY: Wednesday, October 19th

Have a good breakfast, wear comfortable clothes and bring the following things with you to the test:

  • Admission Ticket
  • Photo ID
  • sharpened No. 2 pencils with fresh erasers
  •  an approved calculator
  • snack/water (optional)

Note: You will not have access to food/water during the test. Student snacks/waters will be stored in a secured area of the testing room during the test. You will have access to your snack/water during designated breaks only.

It would be best if you left the following items in your locker:

  • Coat
  • Backpack
  • Smart phone

Consider leaving the following things at home:

  • MP3 players
  • Kindles
  • I-Pads
  • “smart watches”.

Lunch on Test Day:  Following the conclusion of the PSAT, all juniors will report to the cafeteria for lunch. Dining Services will be open and available for you.


Now for some perspective and inspiration...

Angela Duckworth talks about "Grit" in a fabulous video from TED. 

What does Mrs. Juster think about all this standardized testing? 

Although standardized tests such as the SAT offer some small information about a student, they do not represent the whole picture.

Just as a thermometer reading can offer a doctor some information about a patient, a test score can offer a learning community (teacher/student/parent/school district/college admissions board) some information about a learner. The key word here is "some". No doctor would ever try to evaluate the health of a patient with only a thermometer reading as a guide. And no learning community should ever try to evaluate the aptitude of a learner, the skills of his teachers, or quality of his school district based upon a test score.

It would be wonderful if I could be assured of my good physical health by simply consulting a thermometer and it would be wonderful if I could be assured of a student's academic aptitude with a simple test score.

The reality is that evaluating, developing and improving the physical health of a patient is a complex process much in the same way evaluating, developing and improving the academic aptitude of a student is a complex task.

Evaluation of students and teachers can and should be done. Unfortunately, a standardized test fails in the attempt to do so. If you'd like to explore the research regarding the standardized testing of skills and knowledge in the context of the English language arts, click hereI also recommend exploring the NCTE's Position on the Teaching of English: Assumptions and Practices.