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Dates for Free PSAT, SAT for Grades 11, 12

This year, free, school-day college entrance exams will be provided to two three grade levels at Garfield. The school will handle registration for all students, and a special bell schedule and other details will be announced.

SAT, Oct. 11: All seniors are to take this test, which can help with admission to selective schools, but is no longer required by most. [Oct. 3 update: Date has been changed from Oct. 26.]

PSAT/NMSQT, Oct. 26: All juniors are to take this test, which acts both as practice for the SAT and as the “National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.” Student with high scores on the test may qualify for NMS honors, including money for college.

PSAT: All sophomores are to take this test, which will serve as practice and an indicator of success on these types of college entrance exams. Students may choose to use the results to prep for the junior-year PSAT. [Oct. 3 update: GHS announced that sophomores will not be taking the PSAT.]

  • The District offers further information about the test and preparation for it.
  • Deadlines have passed for students with a 504 plan or IEP ) to submit a request for accommodations (extra time, etc.) to the College Board. More info.
  • For future reference, Garfield parent Emily Lieberman has experience with the accommodations-request process and can be contacted for support.
  • A qualifying score on the SAT can be used as a graduation pathway for ELA and/or math. Current qualifying scores are 410 for ELA and 430 for math.