PSAT Letter

Posted by Julius Clark on 9/26/2019

September 2019


Dear Parent/Guardian:


On Wednesday, October 16, 2019, the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) will be administered to 9, 10 and 11 grade students at Red Bank Regional High School. We continue to be grateful to the Board of Education for covering the cost of this testing for all students in the district.


The PSAT familiarizes all students with the requirements for the SAT and provides the district with data on students’ performance. The test will allow students to view their strengths and weaknesses in Mathematics and evidence-based Reading and Writing. In addition, the data provided by the PSAT assist counselors in making appropriate recommendations into Advanced Placement (AP) and other upper-level courses for your student. This assessment is also a determinant for finalist selection for the National Merit Scholarship Program for all 11 grade students.


For freshman students, this assessment serves as a practice instrument allowing students to feel more confident and experienced when facing the actual examination. This exam is tailored to assess skill levels and benchmarks for grade nine.


The PSAT is also an alternative graduation exit assessment for the classes of 2020 through 2022. Students can satisfy their graduation exit assessment requirement with a score of 22 or above in both Math and/or Evidence-Based Reading & Writing. 


Each student received a PSAT Student Guide from their study hall that contains a practice test, test strategies, and test format. It is imperative that all students review the bulletin, get a good night’s sleep, and eat a healthy breakfast before they arrive for testing. Testing will last approximately 4 hours. Room assignments will be posted in the classrooms and announced well in advance. Students should bring two #2 pencils and a calculator, although no question requires calculator use. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your student’s School Counselor. 


We have arranged a relevant program about positive social issues and healthy decision making for our seniors. Attendance is mandatory and the arrival time for 12 grade students on October 16 will be 9:15am. Seniors must provide their own transportation for this 9:15am arrival. Supervision will be available for seniors who choose to come in at the regular arrival time of 7:35am.


The arrival time for all 9, 10, and 11 grade students will remain at 7:35am. All students will be dismissed at 11:35am on this day. 


Please mark your calendars for Parent Teacher Conferences scheduled for November 13, 2019; we hope to see you there.


As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.




Julius Clark