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.
UPATE: Deadline Extension October 14th
Parents of 8th grade students who are currently using online instruction, the deadline to opt-in to take the PSAT has been extended to October 14th. Please the CMMS website to access the PSAT request form.
Please notethe campus is not supplying calculators 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 one Math section does not permit the use of a calculator. 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 written in collaboration with the same developers who created the SAT and PSAT.
Students can access the Official SAT Practice from any computer with Internet access. Students or parents with questions about the December 1 tests are encouraged to contact their school counselor for more details.
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 two 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, it is not permissible to use of hardware peripherals such as a stylus with an approved calculator. Students cannot use some models of calculators with a touch screen (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. Students can use any four-function calculator (not recommended). The following is a list of approved graphing calculators for the PSAT 8/9. No other graphing calculator may be used.
FX 1.0 series
Algebra FX 2.0 series
TI-83 Plus Silver
TI-84 Plus CE
TI-84 Plus Silver
TI-84 Plus C Silver
TI-Nspire CX II
TI-Nspire CX II-T
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
**Students cannot use a stylus.
As stated above, students are encouraged to bring their own calculators, although the use of a calculator is not required since all questions are solvable 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 have, will be sufficient for this exam. Many calculators are quite inexpensive if you need to purchase a calculator.
Parents of students that are currently using online instruction; will need to fill out the FBISD PSAT/SAT Request form by October 7 so that we can plan accordingly for the testing day.