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Tewksbury Students Will Be Able To Take PSAT Exam For Free

Sep 18, 2016 01:37PM ● By Theresa Gilman

Tewksbury High School.

(Editor's Note: this content was provided by the Tewksbury Public Schools.)

Sophomore and Junior students interested in participating in the 2016 PSAT exam can register in the Guidance office September 12th through September 20th.  Students will need to provide a check made out to the Town of Tewksbury in the amount of $15.00.  

We are pleased to announce that the Tewksbury School Committee has authorized a refund for all students who participate in the exam on October 15th.  Please be advised that any student who register but fails to participate in the exam will not be eligible for the $15.00 refund. The 2016 PSAT exam will be held at TMHS on Saturday October 15th.

Over the last 2 years, due to the Tewksbury School Committee paying the fee for each student’s exam, the participation rate has increased from 209 students to 472 students.  

“The School Committee is supportive of us doing the exam on a Saturday and they are paying for the exam this year as well,” said Kristen Vogel Principal Tewksbury Memorial High School.

The benefits of the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) are an assessment of general knowledge, a preparation for the SAT exam, and use of testing techniques. “The SATs are still required for competitive colleges such as Ivy Leagues. Even schools who have an optional SAT requirement may have departments within those schools that may require SATs,” said Karen Baker O’Brien, Guidance Director at TMHS.

“The SAT exam has changed back to the 2-part exam from the 3-part exam last year. This year it includes ELA and Math,” Baker said.


The College Board has forged a partnership with Khan Academy to provide free PSAT and SAT preparation.  Students wishing to take advantage of this program need to set up an account on the Khan website.  The preparation program mirrors the new PSAT and SAT formats.  

“Tewksbury is a rarity to have the District pay for the PSAT exams. This gives our kids an advantage. It is good to be a student at TMHS. This is an opportunity that any Sophomore and Junior should not pass up. It is a time commitment on a Saturday but well worth the opportunity the School Committee is providing,” Vogel stated.

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