Above grade PSAT 8/9 in Oregon

Posted by: tigerhog

Above grade PSAT 8/9 in Oregon - 04/17/19 11:23 AM

Hi! If you are in Oregon and have been successfully registered your child for PSAT8/9 as above grade test, would you mind dropping me a PM on how to arrange it?

All the resources I know of to look are talent search programs outside of the states and they all offer the test out of state as well. Do we really have to travel out of state for this test?? Sometimes I feel like I am living in the gifted education wasteland here. Thank you!
Posted by: tigerhog

Re: Above grade PSAT 8/9 in Oregon - 09/04/19 05:14 PM

Update: I cannot find any test center in OR for NUMATS, TIP, or CTY, for PSAT8/9. How did anyone reside in OR managed to do it???
Posted by: philly103

Re: Above grade PSAT 8/9 in Oregon - 09/04/19 07:11 PM

Originally Posted By: tigerhog
Update: I cannot find any test center in OR for NUMATS, TIP, or CTY, for PSAT8/9. How did anyone reside in OR managed to do it???


Try this page on the College Board website. It lets you search for a place conducting the exam and then you have to contact the school.
https://ordering.collegeboard.org/testordering/publicSearchCont

I got there via the homeschooling page.
https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-8-9/taking-the-test/home-schooled
Posted by: tigerhog

Re: Above grade PSAT 8/9 in Oregon - 09/05/19 01:08 PM

Thanks philly103 for the links! I will reach out to the local schools.
Posted by: Wren

Re: Above grade PSAT 8/9 in Oregon - 09/08/19 06:36 AM

It was a pain when I tried to do it. It was really hard to find any school that would let an outside student take it.
Posted by: tigerhog

Re: Above grade PSAT 8/9 in Oregon - 09/10/19 05:35 PM

Originally Posted By: Wren
It was a pain when I tried to do it. It was really hard to find any school that would let an outside student take it.


Quite right. No luck so far. Also, none of those I contacted actually offer the January/February tests. Why does Oregon have to be such a gifted ed black hole I have no clue.
Posted by: Aufilia

Re: Above grade PSAT 8/9 in Oregon - 10/11/19 04:18 PM

Our district (in Washington) doesn't offer the PSAT 8/9 and I never did find any local schools that would let my kids sit with them. I gave up and eventually talked our school district arranging to let DD sit the SATs here in 6th grade. I heard a local parent up here maybe talked her school district into considering offering PSAT 8/9 for one of the talent searches, but I don't think they'll do it this fall. Like maybe in the spring or next year, if it happens at all.
Posted by: NotSoGifted

Re: Above grade PSAT 8/9 in Oregon - 10/12/19 11:53 AM

I don't know how old your child is tigerhog, but anyone can sign up for the SAT (or ACT). If a child is below the age of 10, perhaps the College Board might question that child taking the test (mainly because young kids could have distracting behaviors in the test room).

The PSAT is a different matter, and it could be tough to find a school with a seat. But you can sign up a child under 13 on the paper form for the SAT. I would ask my local high school for the form - they should have them. If local schools claim they don't have them, then I would contact the College Board.

My kids have had reasons why they took some of these tests at schools other than their school, and no one questions it (nor should they). Just fill out the paper form, and make sure you put down the correct facility/school where you want to take the test.
Posted by: tigerhog

Re: Above grade PSAT 8/9 in Oregon - 10/13/19 09:57 AM

Thank you Aufilia and NotSoGifted! We sort of gave up the idea of taking PSAT8/9. As for SAT/ACT, I think my kiddo will be more prepared by high school. There was no academic support for her through elementary. And I suspect SAT is one of those test one *cannot* go in cold. smile

Fixed the typos.
Posted by: JudAU

Re: Above grade PSAT 8/9 in Oregon - 10/13/19 02:52 PM

Donít. Other looking for a paper copy. You wonít likely find it. I did find one copy at yeshive (because religious Jews) need to file it in paper. It cannot he downloaded. You will have to call College Board and wait for them to ship by mule. I have waiting 3 weeks for 5-7 day delivery. No other high school called me back and the highest level gifted school near us did not have.
Posted by: NotSoGifted

Re: Above grade PSAT 8/9 in Oregon - 10/13/19 04:22 PM

JudAU, that is disappointing that the local high schools didn't help out. Ours sent me not only the form, but a full practice SAT test, and information/sample questions for SAT Subject Tests too. Might have helped that they know me from my older kids, and that a number of kids in our district take the SAT as an above grade level test when they are in middle school.

tigerhog, maybe I should have added to make sure you ask a high school (or other institution) that is a testing center. If they don't offer the test, they may not have the paper forms. And be sure to ask for the guidance office - they are the ones who have the forms.
Posted by: aeh

Re: Above grade PSAT 8/9 in Oregon - 10/13/19 07:31 PM

You might also consider walking into the school (agree you should check that they are a testing center first). It's much harder to refuse you a paper registration/practice test packet (which doesn't exactly cost them a bundle--nothing, actually) if you're standing in the guidance office.

And try local public libraries. They often have practice tests, and sometimes have paper registration materials. Don't forget many universities and community colleges are test sites, too, and may have paper registration materials somewhere in the test center.
Posted by: madeinuk

Re: Above grade PSAT 8/9 in Oregon - 10/14/19 05:10 PM

Doesn't Khan Academy have a ton of practice material?
Posted by: tigerhog

Re: Above grade PSAT 8/9 in Oregon - 10/14/19 09:04 PM

Thanks all! I apologize, though, for not being clear about the SAT. I was totally joking when I mentioned about going in the test cold. My child had never received support from the school despite the TAG label. Therefore, I donít think she learned enough to take the SAT. PSAT8/9 on the other hand, seem to be something she can do. I am hoping it will give us some idea about her achievement level for all things self-taught. And from what I read, that will have no bearing on her future so I was ok about her taking it unprepared.

Hopefully all the info I received about SAT will still be good in a few years!! 😄