PSAT Parent Letter

September 18, 2020

To The Families of SGI High School Juniors;

Now that we all have begun to adjust to the start of another school year, it is important to consider some of the unique concerns that you and your student may have as we look forward to graduation.

The junior year is a very important year for students academically.  At the same time, they also begin to prepare themselves for the transition to life after high school.  Part of this year’s preparation comes in the form of college entrance testing, a major component of the college application process.  The most common tests of this nature are the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) and the ACT (American College Test) which students are able to take during the spring of their junior year and the fall of their senior year.  In preparation for these tests, a practice version of the SAT called the PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) is offered each fall as a means of exposing students to the types of questions and testing conditions experienced with an actual SAT.  The PSAT also functions as a qualifying test for a National Merit Scholarship (NMSQT stands for National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test).  These are awarded to students with competitively high scores. 

On Saturday, October 17th, the High School will host the PSAT/NMSQT from 8:00 am to 11:30 am.  Students will need to provide their own transportation.  Those students interested in taking the PSAT/NMSQT must sign up online at the following link:

The cost of registration is $18.00 payable online only.  Fee waivers are available to students who currently qualify for a free or reduced school lunch.  To receive a fee waived registration, students must see Mrs. Bligh in the High School Guidance Office.   A limited number of tests are available to us so students are encouraged to register early.   Registration deadline is October 9th.

Information about the PSAT itself will be disseminated to students via emailed video message from the guidance office.  Further information about the PSAT is available on the High School Guidance Office Website under the Exam Information tab:

It is our desire to assist your student in reaching their educational goals and to provide information and assistance that will help them take the necessary steps to prepare for life after high school.  As always, feel free to contact us with any questions, concerns, or suggestions at 592-3284. 


Phyllis BrennanChris MathewsonMichael Criscione
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