Incoming Freshman Testing Info

Dear Parent/Guardian of Incoming Fenton Freshman,


It is an exciting time at Fenton as we prepare to welcome the Class of 2023! This year, incoming freshmen will take the PSAT 8/9 at Fenton High School. This is a mandatory exam for all students entering Fenton. We need consistent and current information on knowledge, skills, and abilities, in order to place each student in classes for a successful first year in high school. The results from this exam are used to assist with classroom placement and will help determine if students require summer school instruction prior to entering Fenton High School.

This year we will have the exam on: PSAT 8/9 Exam Make-up PSAT 8/9 Exam Saturday, October 13, 2018 Saturday, November 3, 2018

The exam begins at 8:00am and will conclude at 11:00 a.m.  Students should arrive at 7:45am and enter at the main entrance (Door 1).

Room assignments will be provided the week prior to the testing and will also be posted at Fenton on the day of testing. Students should come prepared with a calculator and #2 pencils. Please make sure students get a good night sleep and have a healthy breakfast that morning. For details about this exam, please visit www.fenton100.org.

More information about academic and social opportunities for incoming freshmen will be shared at the 8th Grade Orientation on January 17th, 2019.

Please let us know if you have any questions and concerns.  

Sincerely,


Eileen Roberts Assistant Principal & Division Leader of Guidance Fenton High School 630-860-6253 papanicolau@fenton100.org FAQs


A. When does the PSAT 8/9 take place?

On Saturday, October 13, 2018, and a make-up test is scheduled for Saturday, November 3, 2018. The PSAT 8/9 will be administered from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on both Saturdays. The doors will open at 7:45 a.m.

B. Where does my child go for the placement test?

On Saturday October 13 the PSAT 8/9 will be offered at Fenton High School. Your child should test at Fenton. If you need further assistance, please check http://www.fenton100.org to look at the high school boundaries map.

Students should be picked up and dropped off at the following:

  • Door 1 – Fenton Main Entrance.

C. What should my child bring to the test?

  • Two No. 2 pencils with erasers (not mechanical pencils)
  • A scientific or graphing calculator. There is a calculator and non-calculator section of the exam, however, all questions can be answered without a calculator.
  • A book to read if he/she completes the test early.
  • Students must use their official birth name when testing. Please label all of your child’s belongings. No portable electronics should be brought into the testing rooms. Cell phones are allowed but must be turned off during testing.

D. What is the PSAT 8/9?

The PSAT 8/9 will provide information about preparation in Reading, Writing and Language, and Math. It measures college readiness and will provide students with tools to start preparing for their future. PSAT 8/9 will prepare students for the SAT suite of assessments that they will take while in high school. You and your students can find out more about the test at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-8-9.

E. Why is it important for my child to attend the test?

We need consistent and current information on your child’s knowledge, skills, and abilities, in order to place your child in classes that will allow him/her to have a successful first year in high school. We would appreciate it if you can emphasize the seriousness of the test. If a student is too disruptive during testing, you will receive a call to pick up your child.

F. Will I receive PSAT 8/9 test results?

Yes, in January or February you will receive information on your child’s performance. These scores are used for placement and are not part of the student’s permanent record.

G. What do I do if my child is currently receiving special education services (has an IEP)?

The majority of special education students should take this placement test. District 100 receives a list of students in the special education program from the middle/junior high schools. If your child needs special accommodations for testing, as required by an IEP, please contact the middle/junior high school to be sure that the correct information was passed along or contact the special education division head at the high school your child will attend.

All final placement decisions will be made at the annual review during their 8th grade year.

H. What do I do if my child has a 504 designation?

District 100 receives a list of 504 students from the middle/junior high schools. If your child needs special accommodations for testing, please contact the middle/junior high school to be sure that the correct information was passed along or contact the Assistant Principal for Student Services at the high school your child will attend.

I. Who should I contact if I have more questions about the placement test or if I cannot attend either test date?

Contact the Assessment Center at the high school.

Resources:

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/pdf/psat-8-9-student-guide-2017-18.pdf

 

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