• Dear FBISD 8th and 9th grade students and their parents, 

     

    All FBISD 8th and 9th grade students will take the Preliminary SAT 8/9 (PSAT 8/9) on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. The PSAT™ 8/9 is the first test in the SAT Suite of Assessments. Designed for eighth and ninth-graders and tightly aligned with the SAT® and PSAT/NMSQT®, the PSAT 8/9 establishes a baseline for college and career readiness as students enter high school. The PSAT 8/9 measures the reading, writing and language, and math skills students need for college and a career.  

     

    Parents of students that are currently using online instruction, will need to fill out the FBISD PSAT/SAT Request form by October 7th, so that we can plan accordingly for the testing day.

     

    FBISD PSAT/SAT Request Form

     

     

    Please note, calculators will not be supplied by the campus for the PSAT 8/9 so students are encouraged to bring their own if they wish to use one.  According to College Board, calculators are not essential for success on the PSAT 8/9 and there is actually one Math section where calculator use is prohibited. Please see additional information below regarding approved calculators and their use.

     

    The best way students can prepare for the PSAT 8/9 is by doing their best in school. Students may also visit Khan Academy at www.satpractice.org to create a free account to access personalized practice recommendations based on previous years’ test results or the results of a series of diagnostic tests. This online resource is available through a partnership between Khan Academy and the College Board.

    Students may link their Khan Academy account to their College Board account to receive personalized practice suggestions based on scores of any previous College Board assessment.

     

    Students can also find full-length practice tests from the College Board and thousands of practice questions that were written in collaboration with the same developers who created the SAT and PSAT.

     

    Official SAT Practice may be accessed from any computer with Internet access. Students or parents with questions about the December 1st  tests are encouraged to contact their school counselor for more details.

     

    We hope you find the Official SAT® Practice on Khan Academy helpful in preparing for this test! 

     

    Calculator Use and Approved Calculators:

    The PSAT 8/9 includes 2 hours and 45 minutes of actual testing time and 15 minutes of breaks.  There will be tests in reading, writing and language, math (given in 2 portions – one with no calculator and one on which a calculator is permitted, although not required) and a variable section with questions from all three of those areas. 

    Regarding calculator use and approved calculators, the College Board states, All questions can be solved without a calculator, but a scientific or graphing calculator is recommended [for the portion of the math test on which a calculator is permitted]…….Students are encouraged to bring their own calculators. Students may NOT use:

    • Laptops or other computers, tablets, cell phones, or smartphones
    • Smartwatches or wearable technology of any kind
    • Models that can access the Internet, have wireless, Bluetooth, cellular, audio/video recording and playing, camera, or any other smart phone type feature
    • Models that have a computer-style (QWERTY) keypad, pen-input, or stylus
    • Models that use electrical outlets, make noise, or have a paper tape
    • Calculator function on a mobile phone
    • 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).

    The following calculators ARE ALLOWED on the PSAT 8/9 Math Portion that permits calculator use.

    All scientific calculators are acceptable to use on the PSAT 8/9.  Any four-function calculator can be used (though not recommended). The following is a list of approved graphing calculators for the PSAT 8/9. No other graphing calculator may be used. 

    Casio

    Hewlett-Packard

    Radio Shack

    Sharp

    Texas Instruments

     

    FX-6000 series

    FX-6200 series

    FX-6300 series

    FX-6500 series

    FX-7000 series

    FX-7300 series

    FX-7400 series

    FX-7500 series

    FX-7700 series

    FX-7800 series

    FX-8000 series

    FX-8500 series

     

    FX-8700 series

    FX-8800 series

    FX-9700 series

    FX-9750 series

    FX-9860 series

    CFX-9800 series

    CFX-9850 series

    CFX-9970 series

    FX 1.0 series

    Algebra FX 2.0 series

    FX-CG-10 (PRIZM)

    FX-CG-20

    FX-CG-50

    Graph35 series

    Graph75 series

    Graph95 series

    Graph100 series

    FX-CG 500

    HP-9G

    HP-28 series

    HP-38G

    HP-39 series

    HP-40 series

    HP-48 series

    HP-49 series

    HP-50 series

    HP Prime

     

     

    EC-4033

    EC-4034

    EC-4037

     

    EL-5200

    EL-9200 series

    EL-9300 series

    EL-9600 series**

    EL-9900 series

     

    Other

    Datexx DS-883

    Micronta

    Smart²

    TI-83

    TI-80

    TI-81

    TI-82

    TI-83

    TI-83 Plus

    TI-83 Plus Silver

    TI-84 Plus

    TI-84 Plus CE

    TI-84 Plus Silver

    TI-84 Plus C Silver

    TI-85

    TI-86

    TI-89

    TI-89 Titanium

    TI-Nspire

    TI-Nspire CX

    TI-Nspire CX II

    TI-Nspire CX II-T

    TI-Nspire CM-C

    TI Nspire CAS

    TI-Nspire CX CAS

    TI-Nspire CX II CAS

    TI-Nspire CX II-T CAS

    TI-Nspire CM-C  CAS

    TI-Nspire CX-C  CAS

    TI-Nspire CX II-C  CAS

                 

     

    **The use of the stylus is not permitted.

    As stated above, it is recommended that students bring their own calculators, although the use of a calculator is not required since all questions can be solved without a calculator. Schools will not provide calculators on test day. It is not necessary for you to purchase a graphing calculator.  Scientific calculators, which many households already have, will be sufficient for this exam.  Also, many of them can be purchased inexpensively.

     

    Parents of students that are currently using online instruction, will need to fill out the FBISD PSAT/SAT Request form by October 7th, so that we can plan accordingly for the testing day.

     

    FBISD PSAT/SAT Request Form

     

     

    Sincerely,

    Fort Bend ISD SEL & Enrichment Programs

     

    For more information about linking your College Board and Khan Academy accounts or for information about accommodations for students with disabilities, please visit the FBISD Testing/Assessment webpage.