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High School Placement Exam-PSAT 8/9

ABOUT THE EXAM

Joliet Township High School uses the high school placement exam, PSAT 8/9, for course placement and as an indicator of college and career readiness.  This includes placement in Honors, as well as, support in literacy and math.  The PSAT 8/9 evaluates comprehension in Reading, Writing and Language, and Mathematics.  The components of the exam are outlined below:

 

  • Reading-42 passage based questions
    • 55 minutes to take the exam
    • All questions are multiple choice and based on passages
    • Some passages are paired with other passages or informational graphics such as charts, graphs, and tables.
    • Measures the following:
      • Command of evidence
      • Words in context
      • Analysis of history/social science and science
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  • Writing and Language-40 passage based questions
    • 30 minutes to take the exam
    • All questions are multiple choice and based on passages.
    • Some passages are paired with informational graphics such as charts, graphs, and tables.
    • Measures the following:
      • Command of evidence
      • Words in context
      • Analysis of history/social studies and science
      • Expression of ideas
      • Standard English conventions
  • Mathematics-38 questions
    • 60 minutes to take the exam.
    • Most math questions will be multiple choice, but some will be student-produces responses (grid in).
    • The math test is divided into two portions: calculator and no calculator.
    • Some parts of the test will present a scenario and then ask several questions about it.
    • Measures the following:
      • Fluency
      • Conceptual understanding
      • Applications
      • Calculator use

 

TIMEFRAME FOR TESTING

The public sender schools will be testing during the weeks of September 25 and October 8.

Make up testing will occur October 28, 2017 at Joliet West.

Questions regarding 8th grade testing can be directed to Dianne McDonald at dmcdonald@jths.org or 815-727-1073.

 
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