PSAT The annual sitting for the PSAT or “Preliminary SAT’ or ‘Practice SAT’ is Wednesday, October 11, 2017. The cost is $40+. More information on places, times and applications are in the Career Centre in mid-September. If you are in Grade 10 or 11 and plan to go to America for your university/college education do this exam.
WHAT IS THE SAT? WHAT IS THE ACT? The SAT Reasoning Test measures the critical thinking skills you'll need for academic success in an American post-secondary institute. The SAT assesses how well you analyze and solve problems. Students can also take the ACT at either Ashton College (1190 Melville St #400, Vancouver, BC V6E 3W1) or Mulgrave School (2330 Cypress Bowl Ln, West Vancouver, BC V7S 3H9).
WHEN? The SAT is typically taken at the beginning or end of Grade 11 (especially if you are planning an athletic scholarship) and if need be, the beginning of Grade 12. Ideally, doing a PSAT at the beginning of Grade 11 would be beneficial. Test dates are at: http://professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/sat-reasoning/register/test-dates Not all test dates are available in Canada - you may have to go to Blaine or Bellingham.
WHERE? SAT's can be written in lower mainland highschools that have a testing site or in Blaine or Bellingham, Washington. Check http://sat.collegeboard.org/register/sat-code-search for a site. PSAT exams are written at Sands Secondary in North Delta or Cambie Secondary in Richmond. Registration forms for the PSAT are in the Career Centre by September.
WHY? South Delta Secondary students seeking an academic/athletic scholarship and/or admission from an American post-secondary university usually need to do the SAT in the spring of their Grade 11 year. Therefore, Grade 11 students are encouraged to do the PSAT in October. This will give the student a good opportunity to understand the SAT and know what to expect in the spring. Students usually need to have final SAT scores into the American post-secondary university to which they applied by the end of January in the Grade 12 year, so the December test dates should be the very last date to write. Students need to apply for American post-secondary universities early – to be sure, by December 1st of their grade 12 year. *SFU also requires their athletes to write the SATs for the following sports: football, volleyball, and men's and women's soccer, cross country, basketball, indoor and outdoor track and field, softball and golf. SFU is the first non-American school to join the NCAA and will play in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, a Div. II conference with member institutions in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska hence the need for SAT's.
HELP There is help to prepare for the SAT on College Board site. Students can order books to help study and review for the exam. You can have daily SAT questions sent to your phone. Companies such as Can-Am Test Preparation offer test writing assistance for a fee. Frazer Roland is the teacher and he had amazing reviews from our students. Also, there are companies that will help students pursue athletic scholarships such as Options Solutions, www.optionssolutionsed.com for a fee. The USA Embassy in Canada has excellent information also. http://canada.usembassy.gov/educationusacanada.html