BHS Students in Grades 9-12 to Participate in PSAT/SAT Testing on October 10


We are pleased to announce that all BHS students are scheduled to take the PSAT on Wednesday, October 10 FREE OF CHARGE!  The PSAT is a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT®, which measures skills in:

  • Reading

  • Writing and Language

  • Math

The most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are to:

  1. Receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. You can then focus your preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice.

  2. See how your performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college.

  3. Enter the competition for scholarships from NMSC (grade 11).

The research is clear, both nationally and locally (including our own student data) that students who take the PSAT perform better on the SAT exam – and those improvements are statistically significant. 

The PSAT data also provides counselors with valuable information about AP Potential – Collegeboard provides access to data and tools that help identify students who have potential to take AP courses and do well.  We are very excited to have this opportunity for our students in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12.  Students must arrive to school ON TIME - Testing begins promptly at 7:15 AM.  This opportunity is free of cost to all students!


Please check out these related articles:

So Much More than a Score

Key Content Features of the PSATs

Three Reasons Your PSAT Scores Matter

PSAT Practice Options



The SAT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. It is a multiple-choice, pencil-and-paper test administered by the College Board.  

The purpose of the SAT is to measure a high school student's readiness for college, and provide colleges with one common data point that can be used to compare all applicants. College admissions officers will review standardized test scores alongside your high school GPA, the classes you took in high school, letters of recommendation from teachers or mentors, extracurricular activities, admissions interviews, and personal essays. How important SAT scores are in the college application process varies from school to school. 

Additional information about the SAT from the Priceton Review

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