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Three Ps of the PSAT

CCA students in the 10th and 11th grades will take the PSAT this week. Taking the PSAT benefits our students in three unique ways: Preparation, Performance, and Payout.


The Preliminary SAT, also known as the PSAT/NMSQT® (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test), is a practice version of the SAT exam. The PSAT is about three hours long and tests students’ skills in reading, writing, and math.


Starting in 3rd grade, CCA students take the Stanford 10 test, a nationally-recognized exam that takes place over three days in the spring. Our testing environment is strictly controlled, but intentionally lacks stress. We use testing to evaluate the effectiveness of our curriculum and teaching methods, and to gauge how our students compare to others on a national basis. We never use the results to pass or fail a student, or to compensate our teachers. We simply expect our students to perform around the same level as their regular course work. Learn more about our testing philosophy.

We know CCA’s testing philosophy is light compared to many other schools. Taking the PSAT gives our sophomore and junior students an additional opportunity to prepare for taking the actual SAT.


Taking the PSAT gives practical application for students to show how they perform on standardized tests utilizing a primarily multiple-choice question format. The PSAT utilizes testing strategies that may be new to our students in both content and environment: sitting for a three-hour-long test, managing timed sections, eliminating multiple-choice options and working backward from given solutions. The PSAT provides practice for SAT/ACT content as well as practice in a testing environment. This allows them to better understand how they perform in these circumstances.


The PSAT does have nationally recognized scholarships awarded to top performers. There is a chance for students to earn partial and full scholarships for college, solely based on their PSAT scores. One such opportunity is the National Merit Scholarship Program. These recipients are the top 1-2% nationally. Learn more about the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Another valuable payout is Florida Bright Futures, a state score-based scholarship. There are two scholarships with different test score, grade point average and community-service requirements.

Students who take the PSAT are also given free access to personalized prep materials through Khan Academy. Students can use this online tool to see the strengths and weaknesses of their PSAT and use that information to prepare to earn a scholarship-qualifying SAT test score.

CCA’s PSAT is open to students in the school’s Hybrid and Flex programs.


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