Preparing for ReadiStep and PSAT 


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On Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, all DCPS students in grades 9, 10, and 11 will take the ReadiStep or PSAT. The test is free of charge to DCPS students. Students should 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 school directly.

Grade 9 students: ReadiStep

  • A college preparatory test recommended by College Board for ninth grade students
  • First step on the College and Career Readiness Pathway, an integrated assessment system that includes the PSAT/NMSQT® and SAT®. 

Grade 10 and 11: PSAT/NMSQT

  • A college preparatory test of critical reading, math and writing skills.
  • Eleventh grade students are automatically entered into scholarship and recognition competitions.

Additional ReadiStep and PSAT/NMSQT Benefits

  • On average, DCPS students who take the PSAT/NMSQT score higher on the SAT than those who don’t, and students who take the PSAT/NMSQT twice score even higher.
  • All students are able to identify their particular academic strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study.  Students can then focus their preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice.
  • If students choose, they are able to receive information from colleges.

How can your student prepare for ReadiStep and PSAT?

Students can use the College Board Official Student Guide and the TestGear  feature on the Individual Graduation Portfolio (IGP ) to prepare for ReadiStep and PSAT. 

What happens after your student takes the ReadiStep or PSAT?

Schools will inform students and parents when schools receive the ReadiStep score reports and the PSAT score reports

All ninth, tenth and eleventh grade students who take the ReadiStep or PSAT will have free access to MyRoad or My College Quickstart which will allow them to:

  • Review their scores online and learn what questions they got wrong and why.
  • See their projected SAT score and use the tools to increase that score.
  • Search for potential majors, colleges and scholarships.

DCPS welcomes this opportunity to partner with you to prepare our students for college and career success.

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