St. Catherine of Siena Academy provides students with various standardized tests to help prepare each student for college admissions tests. All freshmen, sophomores, and juniors take the PSAT. By taking the PSAT as a freshman and a sophomore, it helps the student prepare for her junior year when the PSAT counts toward qualifying for the National Merit Scholarship Program.
Test Day Helpful Tips for your STAR:
- It is important for your daughter to get a good night’s sleep and to eat breakfast on test day.
- Read all the answer choices before marking the answer sheet.
- Use the test book for scratch work.
- Work steadily — don’t waste time on hard questions. Come back to them after answering all the easier questions.
- Check the answer sheet regularly to make sure you’re in the right place.
Students will need to bring the following on test day:
- At least 2 sharpened number two pencils (mechanical pencils or pens are not permitted)
- A water bottle
- A calculator IS allowed for Section 4: Math with Calculator only
Items students should leave at home or in their locker:
If brought, STARS will be required to turn them in before entering the testing room.
- Cell Phones
- Smart Watches, fitness bands
- All electronic device-iPod, iPad, etc.
Test Day Timelines
- 9th Grade
- Freshmen will need to be in the classroom by 7:45 AM and testing will end at approximately 10:40 AM (give or take a few minutes)
- After testing, all freshmen will go to the gym to participate in the Freshmen Halloween Movie Party hosted by Mrs. Houbeck.
- 10th and 11th graders
- Sophomores and Juniors will need to be in the classroom by 7:45 AM and testing will end at approximately 11 AM (give or take a few minutes)
- Student that can drive will be able to go home after dismissal. Students that will need to wait for parent pick up, sophomores will be dismissed to the dining hall and juniors to the atrium.
- 12th Graders
- Senior will need to be in the classroom by 7:45 AM and testing will end at approximately 12:10PM (give or take a few minutes)
- You will be able to go home after dismissal.