Free PSAT Exams Boost Indiana Participation

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What better way to encourage students to sit for the PSAT than to pay their $13 registration fee? That is exactly what the state of Indiana began to do in 2009 in a bid to help high school sophomores get ready for college.  The SAT scores are what colleges look at, but the PSAT helps students get ready for the big test and to begin thinking what they want to do academically after high school.

Big Boost

In 2008, the last year when students paid their own way, 49 percent of Indiana sophomores took the test. In 2009, following state funding for tests being added to the Hoosier State budget, 82 percent of high school sophomores took the PSAT. On October 13, 2010, 89 percent of high school sophomores across Indiana sat for the test.

Coverage of PSAT registration fees is an annual line item in the Indiana budget. In April 2010, the state announced that it would cover the cost of PSAT exams taken on October 13 for all Grade 10 students who are enrolled in an Indiana accredited public or non-­‐public high school. That measure was approved by the state legislature and signed into law by Governor Mitch Daniels.

Indiana education officials note four objectives for encouraging high school sophomores to take the PSAT:

1. Students and their parents are able to gauge how well prepared students are for post-secondary education.

2. Students will have time to adjust their junior and senior level classes based on their results.

3. Schools may use AP PotentialTM to identify students who may benefit from classes that help prepare students for and participate in
Advanced Placement courses.

4. Students and parents have access to a variety of college career and SAT preparation tools that are beneficial throughout high school.

One other factor not mentioned is that the PSAT could show students who are not considering college that they have what it takes to succeed academically. Though college is not for everyone, for the student who could benefit from a two- or four-year degree, the PSAT may give them the confidence to change their direction.

References

Journal & Courier Online: Record number of sophomores to take PSAT

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