Who's First?

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Who's First?

In the first two years the district has offered the PSAT 8/9, no 8th grader has earned a score in the 99th percentile, the highest level possible. But we're out to change that.

Students who want to get into the most selective colleges and earn the biggest scholarships need to put in a lot of time above and beyond what their teachers require. And they need to start early. That's why we're focusing on 5th, 6th and 7th grade students and their families and helping them to understand what it takes to reach the very highest levels of academic achievement--and earn all of the rewards that come with it.

There are three simple steps to reaching the 99th percentile:

Know where you are. Use your CAASPP scores in English and math to know your starting percentiles.
Know where you're going. Know what percentiles you need to reach to get into various colleges and universities. (Like a video game, the higher your scores, the more colleges and scholarship they can potentially unlock.) Aim for the 99th percentile.
Know how to get there. Know the kind and level of work to complete and how many hours of work to put in. Over the summer, students should put in an hour per week for every year of school they've completed:

5th Grade: 5 hours/week (8 weeks)
6th Grade: 6 hours/week (8 weeks)
7th Grade: 7 hours/week (8 weeks)

For the next steps, watch the short video below:


For additional information on PSAT 8/9 and how to prepare, visit our PSAT page.

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