October 25 Testing Day

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 20:54

Dear East Ridge High School Parent(s) and Guardian(s),

In an effort to prepare our students for success in high school and beyond, East Ridge High School will be providing a special opportunity for all students on Wednesday, October 25th. Students in grades 9-12 will be participating in activities involving positive social interactions, college readiness testing, and college admissions preparation/planning. We are excited to dedicate this day to better support our students for their future. The details by grade level are as follows:


Freshmen: Grade 9 students will participate in a day that includes viewing the movie “Hidden Figures” followed by small group discussion around the idea of dreaming big, (movie trailer), activities in the gymnasium/The Nest, and a panel discussion with former ERHS graduates now in college.


Sophomores: Grade 10 students will take the PreACT the morning of October 25th.

The new PreACT provides you and your child with information that can help you select the right high school courses, think about ways to target areas for improvement, and begin discussions about college and career plans. The PreACT helps identify how your child is doing with the skills and knowledge required to succeed in college and beyond, areas where extra help or additional courses are needed, and career possibilities that match your child’s interests. Your son or daughter also may choose to have their PreACT information shared with colleges and scholarship agencies as this can help them get discovered for college recruitment and scholarship possibilities.

***Sophomores also have the option to take the PSAT, instead of the PreACT. Students choosing to take the PSAT must register in Fee Pay, with a cost of $17.00. See PSAT information below for more details. The deadline to register for the PSAT is Monday, October 9, 2017.

Juniors: Grade 11 students will take a Mock ACT practice test offered by Kaplan. This test provides an opportunity to practice the ACT and be given feedback on individual areas of strength and weakness.  Preparation for the ACT is especially important since all juniors will be taking the ACT plus writing on April 24th, 2018. Participation in the April ACT + Writing will allow juniors to fulfill their MN graduation assessment requirement of taking a college and career readiness assessment. We hope that this ACT practice opportunity will allow students to improve their college entrance exam scores.

***Juniors also have the option to take the PSAT instead of the Mock ACT. Students choosing to take the PSAT must register for the test in Fee Pay, with a cost of $17.00. See PSAT information below for more details. The deadline to register for the PSAT is Monday, October 9, 2017.

PSAT Information:

The PSAT is also an option for 10th & 11th grade students. The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a standardized test that provides practice for the SAT.   This optional test is a rigorous national assessment for Grade 11 students and is used to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program. Sophomores may take it as a practice SAT test; they may not enter the National Merit scholarship competition until their junior year. Space is limited. Juniors will be given priority for testing.


**Following the exams, lunch will be served and students will be able to use the rest of the day as a study hall in supervised areas within the building.

Seniors: Grade 12 students may use this day to visit colleges, prepare application materials for post-secondary options, or research schools of their choice. This off-school time is designed to give students a college visit option that does not put them behind in their coursework upon return. Any senior who would prefer to be in school will be enrolled in a monitored study hall.

It is our hope that this testing and college readiness day will better prepare students for college and career opportunities in the future. Should you have questions, please do not hesitate to call.



Mr. Smokrovich

East Ridge High School Principal