Attention parents:

On October 24, 2018 Ponderosa High School will be providing a unique opportunity for students to practice testing with College Board Suite of Assessments, PSAT 9, PSAT/NMSQT, in preparation for the SAT.

With the new graduation requirements for the class of 2021 and beyond, students are required to meet specific SAT scores in order to show competency in the areas of English Language Arts and Math.  This is a perfect opportunity for students, grades 9-11 to get the practice they need before entering into our state mandated assessments in April.

Freshman, for the cost of $10, will be able to participate in the PSAT 9.

Sophomores, for the cost of $20, will be able to participate in the PSAT/NMSQT, which will serve as practice only.

Juniors, for the cost of $20, will be able to participate in the PSAT/NMSQT, which will serve as both practice for the upcoming SAT and is a qualifying assessment for the National Merit Scholarship.

The ASVAB will be offered on that day as well.  The ASVAB is free of charge and is an assessment that measures aptitudes in Reading, Math, and Science, as well as measuring aptitudes in Mechanical and Vocational realms.

We have a limited number of tests, so please do not wait!  Sign up can be done in the Counseling office and payment is due at the time of sign up. Students who sign up will be excused from their classes they miss due to assessment participation, as this is a regular school day and normal classes are in session.

Please contact your school counselor if you have questions!  Thanks.  

Ponderosa is a comprehensive high school that offers a variety of national assessments to serve the needs of our students. The assessments you find in this section are given to assist with college admission, program placement, and serve as a means of ensuring a top quality education.


PSAT 8/9, PSAT 10 and SAT Information is located on the College Board website:

The SAT Subject Tests are hour-long, content-based tests that let students distinguish themselves in the college admission process by highlighting their strengths and interests in a specific subject areas, including math, science, history, literature, and languages. For more information, visit

Official SAT Practice

College Board and Khan Academy have joined together to help prepare students for the SAT Suite of Assessments (SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10 and PSAT 8/9).
The website has the information needed to sign up for FREE assistance:

Students can also visit to access a FREE official SAT practice app, full SAT practice tests, and sample SAT questions.

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AP College Board

Offering more than 30 courses, the College Board’s Advanced Placement program enables students to pursue college-level studies with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement or both while still in high school. Advanced placement information can be found by visiting the AP website:


The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a career and vocational test used by the military to determine aptitudes in reading, math, science, as well as mechanical and vocational aptitudes. For more information about the ASVAB, please visit their website: ASVAB explained.

ACT® dates, times and locations can be found by visiting the ACT® website:
The ACT® is the leading US college admissions test, measuring what you learn in high school to determine your academic readiness for college.

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