On Wednesday, October 13, the PSAT and SAT were conducted on campus for all students. Freshmen sat for the PSAT 8/9, while sophomores and juniors took the PSAT/NMSQT. Seniors had the option to take the SAT or ACT, based on their personal progress with standardized testing for college applications. Having a day dedicated to standardized testing at Trinity Hall is unique, but beneficial for our students as it prepares them for future testing and allows them to take standardized tests in a familiar environment.
“October offered Trinity Hall seniors the opportunity to take one last round of the ACT and SAT here on campus for their application process. We also offered the PSATs to freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. It is a great way for the girls to have exposure to the standardized testing process, as well as a glimpse of what the SAT will look like,” explained Caitlin Post, college counselor and testing coordinator. “In December, we also will offer the sophomores and juniors the pre-ACT. With a lot of organization and teamwork, the students and faculty alike came together to make it a very seamless process!”
As college application deadlines approach, some seniors took this opportunity to take the SAT and ACT one final time. Anna C. ‘22 sat for the SAT on Wednesday and felt relieved when the test was finally over. Anna said, “It was nice to take it in a comfortable setting and the day flowed really smoothly. I am feeling good because I am all done with standardized testing.” Now that Anna has taken her last SAT, she can focus on getting her college applications completed and submitted.
Our College Counseling Office works diligently to alleviate any stress that comes along with the college applications process, and supporting our students through testing is just one of the ways they do so. "The on-site testing we provide at Trinity Hall is part of the comprehensive array of services we provide through our College Counseling Office,” stated Alyssa Morreale, director of college counseling. “While we offer guidance to all students, our individualized counseling program begins during junior year when students are ready to start thinking more specifically about the next step of their educational journey. From course selection and testing plans to college applications and essays, we support each student through the entire process so she can find her ‘best fit’ college where she will continue to reach her full potential."
Standardized testing, in any capacity, can be associated with stress and the pressure to do well. By conducting these tests on campus, students are more relaxed and are able to have a stronger performance. From testing to reviewing essays to actually completing their college applications, our students have a strong support system to prepare them for their educational path beyond Trinity Hall.