The PSAT exam will be given to Portales High School sophomores on Wednesday. The PSAT is the practice/prep exam for the SAT college entrance exam. The New Mexico Department of Education in partnership with College Board allows selected New Mexico high schools to participate in the PSAT/NMSQT program each year. The test is administered at no cost to the students to help prepare students for the SAT, connect assessment to instruction and build college readiness.
NMSU recruiter to visit PHS
Susan Martin of New Mexico State University in Las Cruces will be on campus Friday to talk with PHS seniors interested in attending NMSU for the fall 2009. Students interested in speaking with Martin may sign-up in the counseling and guidance office no later than Thursday.
Dual credit program growing at PHS
Dual credit allows high school students to enroll in college-level courses offered by a public post-secondary institution that may be academic or career technical/vocational, but not remedial or developmental. Students simultaneously earn credit toward high school graduation and a post-secondary degree or certificate.
Recently passed state legislation waives all tuition costs for approved dual credit courses are waived. A total of 94 PHS students have registered for 150 courses at ENMU and CCC. This is a significant increase from last year. Many dual credit classes are offered on the PHS campus through Eastern New Mexico University. In addition, many students attend Clovis Community College for career technical classes. More information is available by calling PHS counselors Pam Ray, Thomas Tafoya or Carolyn Van Wettering at 356-7015.
College entrance exams
Seniors interested in attending a four-year university after graduation must take a college entrance exam. The next ACT will be given Dec. 13. Deadline to register is Nov. 7.
Seniors should also be deciding which college(s) they intend on applying to as well as obtaining scholarship information.