Info about Upcoming PSAT Test (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test)

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Hello Students and Parents,

Every year, the College Board administers the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test). This  gives you information about important step toward college.

PSAT – Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test

The PSAT will be given to Oakland Tech 10th graders on Wednesday, October 16, starting at 9:00am. The fee for 10th graders is paid by the school district.

11th grade students and 9th grade students may also take the PSAT on October 16. The cost is $17.00, which must be paid to the School Treasurer by check. 11th and 9th graders must pre-register by September 30.

10th Grade Pre-registration is not required No fee is required
11th Grade Pre-register by responding to email link by September 30 $17.00 fee must be paid to School Treasurer by September 30
9th Grade Pre-register with School Treasurer by September 30 $17.00 fee must be paid to School Treasurer by September 30

Testing Schedule

On October 16, students taking the PSAT will report to their assigned testing rooms on the main campus no later than 9:00am. Students must not be late. Testing students will have two 5-minute breaks during the morning and will be dismissed for lunch at 12:15pm. The school will be on the minimum day Wednesday schedule, and parents may excuse their testing students to go home after lunch, if desired. Testing students who stay at school after lunch will have study hall 5th period and their regular 6th period classes.

The bell schedule for non-testing students will be unchanged, but some classes will be combined together to meet with other teachers. Dismissal for all students will be 2:25pm.

Answer Sheet Preparation in Advance

In order to keep the PSAT to a reasonable time on October 16, students will fill out information on their answer sheets in advance on October 9. 10th grade students will do this in their World History classes. 11th and 9th grade students will do this after school in a designated area.

Preparation for the PSAT

A paper version of the PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide will be given to 10th grade students in their World History classes. 11th grade and 9th grade students may pick up a copy of the Student Guide in the Counselors’ Office. The digital version of the guide can be found at

Information about a full-length PSAT Practice Test can be found at

Additional information and practice tests are available at Khan Academy at

Calculators on the PSAT

Calculator Smarts

  • Bring your own calculator. You can’t share one.
  • Don’t bring a calculator you’ve never used before.
  • Bring one you know. Practice for the test using the same calculator you’ll use on test day.
  • It may help to do scratch work in the test book. Get your thoughts down before using your calculator.
  • Make sure your calculator is in good working order with fresh batteries. The testing staff may not have batteries or extra calculators. If your calculator fails during testing and you have no backup, you can complete the test without it. All questions can be answered without a calculator.

Acceptable Calculators

Only battery-operated, handheld equipment can be used for testing. No power cords are allowed. A list of acceptable graphing calculators can be found online at

Calculators permitted during testing include:

  • Most graphing calculators that don’t have the unacceptable features listed in the next section
  • All scientific calculators
  • All four-function calculators (not recommended)

Unacceptable Calculators

You’re not allowed to use any of the following items as a calculator (unless approved as an accommodation):

  • Tablets, laptops, notebooks, or any other personal computing devices, including wearable technology
  • Models that can access the internet, have wireless, Bluetooth, cellular, audio/video recording and playing, camera, or any other smartphone-type feature
  • Models that have a computer-style (QWERTY) keyboard, pen-input, or stylus
  • Models that use electrical outlets, make noise, or have a paper tape (unless approved as an accommodation). In addition, the use of hardware peripherals such as a stylus with an approved calculator is not permitted. Some models with touch-screen capability are not permitted (e.g., Casio ClassPad).

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