Standardized testing

2017 PSAT  opportunity for homeschoolers

St. Thomas Aquinas High School (114th and Pflumm Road, Overland Park, KS) is offering to administer the PSAT to homeschooled students when they test their students on Wednesday morning, Oct. 11, 2017.

Fifty spaces are available for us. Places unfilled by juniors will be given to sophomores on a first-to-register basis. (Checks for sophomores and non-MPE members will be returned if there is not enough space.) Testing includes a sample test mailed to you in late September, test results mailed directly to you, and a copy of the actual test returned to you in January. Homeschooled students are tested by themselves in a separate room. For questions about the test or for how to prepare for the test (including a new practice test question each day) go to: www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/psat/about.html.

To register for the test, send your student’s name, grade level, mailing address, contact email address, and phone number on a 3×5 card along with two checks:
1. for $25.00 made out to St. Thomas Aquinas with the student’s name and grade level in the memo
2. for $6.00 made out to Sarah McLaughlin for mailing expenses.

Mail information and both checks by Friday, September 15th to:

Sarah McLaughlin
11463 S Millview Rd
Olathe KS 66061.

For more information, please call 913-220-8199 or email machouse5atgmaildotcom.

Preference for spaces will be given to MPE members. If you are unsure of your membership expiry date, please enter your email address into the Check Email Address field on the Join/Renew MPE page or email infoatmidwesthomeschoolersdotorg or call 913-599-0311.

Why take the PSAT / NMSQT?

Homeschool juniors often take the Pre-SAT to practice for the Scholastic Aptitude Test, or SAT. The Pre-SAT is also the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT), so if students are in the top percentile, they may qualify for national merit scholarships.

“If you have a rising junior who tests well, I strongly strongly encourage you to sign up for the PSAT. Our son had multiple full-ride scholarship offers because of his success on the PSAT (which is the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship competition).” Russ McGuire’s comment on our Facebook page

Testing preparation and suggested materials

Here are resources that homeschoolers have found helpful in preparing for the PSAT:

  • Khan Academy – Free preparation for the SAT: many homeschoolers (including National Merit Scholars) have done very well on the PSAT by preparing for the harder SAT!
  • Princeton Review – The Princeton Review is very popular for focusing on proven strategies to ace standardized tests. Many of their products can be found secondhand and in used bookstores for families on a tight budget.
  • For questions about the test or for how to prepare for the test (including a new practice test question each day), go to: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10