Bulkeley High School

Matthew Espinosa, Principal

FAQ on the SAT & PSAT

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PSAT/SAT Frequently Asked Questions

    • What are the testing dates for 2020-2021?
      • SAT: Wednesday, October 14, 12th grade only.  (Oct. 27 make-up date).  No other students at the Graduate campus, 9th Grade and Personal Pathways follow normal schedule.
      • PSAT: October 21st, 9th grade only. All in-person & remote learners test. No other students attend that day. 
      • PSAT: October 29th.  10th & 11th grade only.  All in-person & remote learners test that day.  9th & 12th grade do not attend that day.
    • Is testing required?   Testing is required by the district. However, if parents/families want to opt out of testing, they can do that by not sending their child to school on their assigned testing day.
    • Will there be transportation and lunch? Transportation, breakfast, and lunch will be provided to students on their assigned test date, including students who are learning remotely.
    • How will we observe COVID-19 Safety Precautions? Schools will be taking the necessary safety precautions during in-school testing, including proper cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces and shared materials, social distancing and reduced testing room student capacity as outlined by the College Board.
      • Students will sit at least 6 feet apart during testing.
      • Test proctors and school staff will clean pencils and disinfect calculators between uses by individual students.
    • Will we still have the alternate SAT test options on Saturdays at local high school?  Twelfth graders have the option to take the SAT at a local high school on Saturday, November 7th or December 5th. Fee waivers are available upon request. Please contact your child’s school counselor for a test fee waiver if needed. It is important that you register as soon as possible. For test registration deadlines, testing locations, and to register for a Saturday SAT administration, please visit https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/dates-deadlines
    • What are the rules regarding prohibited devices?  On testing days, students are prohibited from having the following in the test area or break area, except in the case of approved accommodations for particular testing aids:
      • Electronic equipment, including phones of any kind; personal computing devices (laptops, notebooks, Bluetooth devices such as wireless earbuds/headphones, or tablets);
      • cameras;
      • separate timers of any kind;
      • audio players/recorders or headphones;
      • wearable technology; digital watches, including smartwatches; or
      • any other prohibited devices that can be used to record, transmit, or receive information.
      • Highlighters, compasses, rulers, protractors, earplugs, books or references of any kind, pens or mechanical/colored pencils, and
      • papers of any kind, including scratch paper.
    • How can I help my student prepare for this test?
      • We recommend that you support your student to study and prepare for testing. For information on test preparation, visit Khan Academy at https://www.khanacademy.org/
    • Can I get a waiver for the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test?