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In-School PSAT & SAT Testing Day

Dear Parents/Guardians:

On Wednesday, October 16, 2019 your child will participate in the SAT/PSAT School Day – a school-wide event during which Ellington seniors take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Sophomores and juniors will take the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test and National Merit Qualifying test) and freshmen will take the PSAT 8/9 (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test). This is a major step in the process of preparing for college, and we want to ensure that our students are ready to put forth their very best effort on October 16. In order for the exam to run efficiently and produce valid scores, it is extremely important to adhere to the following guidelines for SAT/PSAT School Day:

  • Please make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep (6-8 hours) the day before test day. Also, ensure that your child eats breakfast on Wednesday morning to have the energy and presence of mind to think critically and perform well.
  • Make sure your child arrives at school on time for testing. Students should report to Ellington for SAT/PSAT exams by 7:45 a.m., to check-in and receive instructions. Testing begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. Late students will not be admitted once testing has begun. Snacks will be provided for SAT/PSAT test-takers during approved breaks.
  • Cell phones and handbags ARE NOT permitted in testing rooms. Please speak with your child about leaving these items in their locker. If they have an approved personal calculator, please have them bring it, along with extra pencils. Make sure the calculator is labeled. Please visit the following website for a list of approved calculators:

The SAT offers expanded opportunities for students to connect to the college that is right for them. Your child’s participation in SAT/PSAT School Day contributes to the development of a college-prep culture at Duke Ellington by fostering a communal sense of support and expectations around college and career readiness. For more information about the SAT exam, please visit

If you have any questions regarding SAT/PSAT School Day, please contact me at your earliest convenience. Thank you for your time, support, and unwavering commitment to helping us provide an equally rigorous and robust educational experience for all of our scholars.

Additionally, if you are able to donate snacks, please reach out to Ms. Donna Hollis at Together, we can ensure that every student at Duke Ellington School of the Arts achieves excellence!


Vanessa W. Snyder, Ed.S.
Director of Academics/Assistant Principal