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Dear Upper Unit Parents and Guardians,


On Tuesday, November 7th all of our upper unit students will be engaged in standardized testing.


The 6th and 7th grade students will take the Pre-High School Placement Test (P-HSPT) and our 8th grade students will be taking the Pre-SAT 8/9 (PSAT 8/9).


What you should know:

  • Each assessment takes approximately 2.5 to 3 hours to complete and will be administered immediately after morning announcements at 8:15 a.m.
  • Immediately after the assessments are complete, students will have an extended break to go outside and play before resuming their regular school day.
  • It is important that students get plenty of rest the evening before the assessment.
  • Students should arrive early in order to have time to prepare, use the restroom, etc. (7:45 a.m. is our goal arrival time).
  • All students should eat a nutritious breakfast and bring a healthy snack for the break. No candies or unhealthy snacks will be allowed.


6th/7th P-HSPT

  • The Pre-HSPT® is a seventh grade edition of the Closed HSPT® which is perfect for use as a practice test and can be scored with seventh grade norms. Pricing is the same as the Closed HSPT®. Please note that the Pre-HSPT® is for administration by high schools only.
    • 6th grade students will be taking the same assessment which is normed for 7th grade but the results will still allow us to measure growth over the years.
  • The website for the P-HSPT (and HSPT) is: http://www.ststesting.com/hp_4.html
  • This is our second year of administering the P-HSPT and this provides an additional tool to measure student growth. When students take the actual HSPT at the high school of their choice, the school sends StG their results sheet. The goal is to have enough data to review all three years of middle school and see the areas of strength, opportunities for improvement, and growth.


PSAT 8/9

  • The PSAT 8/9 is the first in the College Board's “SAT Suite of Assessments” and is offered to eighth and ninth graders. The purpose of the PSAT 8/9 is to establish a starting point in terms of college and career readiness as students transition to high school.
  • Attached to this email is a letter from Superintendent West regarding the PSAT 8/9.
  • To learn more about this assessment, please visit the College Board website for PSAT 8/9 at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-8-9.


8th Grade Families

  • Have you had an opportunity to tour the top 2 or 3 high schools of your choice?
  • What questions have you asked the admissions director/principal about tuition, fees, curriculum, special programs, and registration process?
  • Has your child taken advantage of a Shadow Day opportunity?
  • Each school in our Archdiocese in amazing. The key is finding the right fit. If there is anything that I can do to support you during this process, please do not hesitate to ask.
  • FYI – Your child will be sent home with a permission slip to tour St. Anthony Catholic High School next Monday, 11/6. We apologize for the late notice but this was a last minute addition we made in order to be fair and consistent in visiting all schools.


Thank you for your time and support. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me, or our Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Mr. John Gutierrez, or our Counselor for Academics, Mrs. Sylvia Bogran.


Have a blessed rest of the week.


Pax Christi,

Daniel P. Martinez



St. Gregory the Great Catholic School

PSAT Information for Students

DCS Superintendent Letter_PSAT Info