On October 19th, 2016, over 200 Avonworth students in grades 10-11 took a mandatory standardized test during 1st through 4th period–the PSAT. This test provides students with practice that is similar in formatting and question types of the SAT, which students take during Junior and Senior year. Class schedules were altered and over 20 staff members were not teaching their own classes, but rather proctoring and administering the exam for the students. In addition, both guidance counselors were proctoring tests rather than meeting students with emotional and mental health needs like they usually do.
For the class of 2017, taking the test in 2014 was a very different experience. The PSAT was optional, cost money ($20), and they had to come in early Saturday morning in order to best simulate the actual test environment. The test was out of 2400 points in 2014 with each section (Math, Reading, Writing) being worth 800 points and currently is out of 1600 points, because CollegeBoard got rid of the Writing section. The SAT has also been modified where the test takers are no longer penalized for getting an answer wrong. The old SAT penalized you for getting an answer wrong by taking away 0.25 points per wrong answer, while the new SAT does not.
As for ninth graders, their day didn’t change much. Freshmen classes typically don’t have many upperclassmen in them. For some, classes that were early in the day and had sophomores in it were cancelled, like third period IM2. Though other than that, the PSATs did not affect their schedule while the upperclassman schedule was adjusted to allow time for testing.