Monday, September 27, 2010

Our PSAT ordeal

Our 16 year old daughter recently took a practice PSAT test at our local library. Little did I know how difficult it would be for her to take the actual PSAT test. I've called a dozen or more schools and have not yet found her a testing spot.

We have a scheduling conflict with our local school district (though they haven't returned me call anyway.) The neighboring school district which is testing on another date won't even consider it because we don't live in the district boundaries.

I'm getting one of two responses from the private schools I've called: We only allow students registered at our school or we are full. I got an email today from a German International school that said that maybe they might have a spot and that they will know on Thursday. I'm assuming the test will be in English.

I'm still waiting to hear back from another private school that is a bit closer.

It probably won't make that much of a difference. I was a National Merit Semifinalist. It looked good on paper, but I didn't get a scholarship. I did go to college on scholarship sponsored by Dad's employer, so maybe the National Merit was taken into account for that scholarship. However, my brother got the same scholarship and I don't think he was a National Merit Semifinalist.

We are planning on taking the ACT and SAT in the spring. Luckily for those tests, I register directly with the testing service and am not dependent upon the whim of a school.


Nancy said...

Wow - I'm sorry that you have had such a negative experience. That can be sooo frustrating. Our public and Christian schools are happy to accommodate homeschoolers, so I can't relate. I hope the ACT and SAT go more smoothly - it sounds like it will!

Alasandra said...

I only had the boys take the ACT so I didn't have to go through this. It is too bad you don't register directly with the testing service for the PSAT.

I don't know about the SAT, but things went very smoothly with the ACT.

Crimson Wife said...

Good luck!

I was a National Merit Finalist but didn't qualify for a need-based award and the college I attended did not award any of the merit scholarships. So all I got was a pretty piece of paper with my name on it.