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News: HCA 11th Graders Join Students Nationally with PSAT

News: HCA 11th Graders Join Students Nationally with PSAT

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psatOn October 19, 2016, the eleventh grade of HCA will be joining other students nationally in taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), a program co-sponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The primary purpose of the test is to provide quality practice for the SAT. However, the test also provides other benefits which include entrance into various scholarship programs as well as access to college and career planning tools.

The PSAT/NMSQT measures the same skills that are tested on the SAT. These skills include critical reading, math problem-solving, and writing. While students have been developing and honing these skills over the entire course of their education, anxiety and stress can often affect a student’s performance. Studies show that test anxiety can be minimized and confidence maximized with consistent exposure to and practice of such standardized tests. Hence, the PSAT/NMSQT is a wonderful opportunity for students to receive valuable experience in a live testing situation. For more information on the PSAT/NMSQT, parents and students may visit

The cost of the test is $15, and must be paid to HCA on or before October 19. Acceptable forms of payment include cash or check (payable to HCA). Payments should be enclosed in an envelope marked PSAT and include child’s full name. Envelopes may be turned in to the HCA main office or brought to the Fellowship Hall on the morning of the test.

Parents are encouraged to assist their children in maximizing performance by ensuring a good night’s rest and a quality breakfast before the test. It is imperative that students be on time in the Fellowship Hall by 8 AM on October 19. For further questions, parents may contact Testing Coordinator Mr. Bill Canning at [email protected]

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