Preparing DCPS Students for the PSAT 

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10/6/2011 - All DCPS students in grades 9, 10, and 11 will take the PSAT free of charge on Wednesday, October 12. The PSAT is a standardized test that helps students prepare for the SAT. The SAT is a required entrance exam for many colleges and universities. Both the PSAT and the SAT test students’ reading, writing, and math skills.

As with any exam, the best way to do well on the PSAT is to practice, practice, practice! The College Board has a lot of recourses to get used to SAT style questions. Look out for the SAT question of the day, which gives a new practice question taken from previous SAT tests every day.

You can challenge your family every morning or evening – who can answer the question of the day first? If the answer was correct, how did they get to it? If the answer was incorrect, why was it wrong?

Try the process with today’s SAT question of the day:

Part of the following sentence is underlined; beneath the sentence are five ways of phrasing the underlined material. Select the option that produces the best sentence. If you think the original phrasing produces a better sentence than any of the alternatives, select choice A.

The finest quality raw silk comes from the commonly domesticated silkworm, Bombyx mori, it feeds on the leaves of the mulberry tree.

(A) it feeds
(B) feeding
(C) they feed
(D) which feeds
(E) having fed

For the correct answer to this question and an explanation of the answer, visit

After students get a sense of the areas in which they are strong and the areas in which they could use some improvement, they can access a series of questions in specific subjects (writing, reading, or math) online

When students start feeling comfortable with the practice questions, College Board also offers a free full length practice test.

Taking the PSAT can benefit your child because it makes them better prepared to complete the SAT successfully and provides valuable feedback on their progress toward college. Please make sure your child gets lots of practice and lots of rest in the time leading up to the test. 

Help them get a healthy breakfast, and arrive on time (or a little early!) on Wednesday so they can take advantage of this opportunity. If you have any questions, contact your child’s school directly.

Thank you for helping DCPS prepare our students for college and career success.

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