Today, October 11, twenty-two Juniors took the PSAT/NMSQT test. This assessment is prepared by the College Board and is used by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation to determine National Semi-Finalist. In order to qualify to be a semi-finalist a student needs to score in the top 1% of those taking the test across the nation. According to Wikipedia over 3.5 million students take this test each year. Mike Downs, Class of 2017 was named a semi-finalist and then after taking the SAT a finalist. He is attending Southern Adventist University tuition free. The Sophomores are also taking the test to practice how to deal with high stakes testing and getting ready for next year. Students can prepare for this assessment by using the College and Career software at the school named Naviance. There are test prep programs for both SAT and ACT.
The Freshman along with area 8th graders are taking the 8/9 PSAT. This offered to help students access their learning so far. Madison Academy offers these tests at no cost to the student or parents. The results are available online at the end of the semester. Once the results get sent to the school, individual conferences are held with the student and a staff member to review the data and plan for the future.