October 22, 2016

Last Updated: October 21, 2016

Important dates

Please take a moment to mark your calendars for the upcoming events/meetings sponsored by the West High Counseling Services Department:
Tuesday, October 18, 4th period: Senior meeting in Auditorium (for students only) Tuesday, October 25 at 5:30 PM: Senior Parent/Guardian Meeting in Auditorium Thursday, October 27 at 5:00 PM: Getting Ready for College Meeting for sophomore and junior students and parents/guardians in Little Theater Thursday, October 27 at 6:30 PM: College Financial Aid Meeting for seniors and parents/guardians in the little theater

PSAT & NMSQT Information

West High will offer the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) to sophomores and juniors on Wednesday, October 19. PSAT/NMSQT is a program cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT®. It also gives students a chance to enter the NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools. This test doesn't require students to recall specific facts from their classes. The PSAT/NMSQT measures: Critical reading skills Math problem-solving skills Writing skills The most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are to: Receive feedback on strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. See how performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college. Enter the competition for scholarships from NMSC (grade 11). Help prepare for the SAT. Students can become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions found on the SAT. Receive information from colleges when students check "yes" to Student Search Service. To register for the PSAT, students must pay the $15 fee in the Business Office and obtain a receipt, which they will bring to the Counseling Office. They will then be signed up to take the test and given the Official Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT. Students will take the test at Tama Hall on the Hawkeye Community College campus. The Waterloo Community Schools will provide bussing to Hawkeye. Students may drive themselves to the test, but it is suggested they ride the bus to make sure they arrive at the test site on time.