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Charlotte, NC 28212
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LC: Southeast
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Grades: 9-12
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We Need YOU!

Would you like to volunteer at East Meck?  We need proctors January 14th, 18th, 19th, 20th, and 21st from 7:00 AM to 12:00PM.  Proctors must be 18+ .  Duties include helping to monitor time and students in a class or monitoring a hallway.  Volunteers can sit and/or stand as needed.  If interested, please contact the School Testing Coordinator, Julia Mercabi, at juliab.mercabi@cms.k12.nc.us


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Pre-ACT November 17th


Due to the changes in the CMS school calendar, sophomores will now take the Pre-ACT on
November 17th, instead of November 8th.  This change allows us to use instructional time 
more effectively.  November 17th is a half day, with dismissal at 11:15.  All students will
report to homeroom and remain until dismissal.  Lunch will be grab and go.  The Pre-ACT
test is paper format.  Sophomores should bring number 2 pencils and a calculator.  For
details about the Pre-ACT and to practice, please scroll down futher on this page.

PreACT-At-A-Glance.pdf (Opens in a New Tab)
Sample PreACT Parent Letter (English).pdf (Opens in New Tab)



FREE Test prep for SAT and ACT


Prepare for the Pre-ACT:


Free Practice Tests

https://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/test-preparation/free-act-test-prep.html


Key Information

https://magoosh.com/hs/act/what-is-a-good-preact-score/

https://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/preact.html

https://theolivebook.com/what-to-expect-on-the-preact/t


November 7th:  Go to bed early!  Get a good night’s sleep!



November 8th:  Arrive on time at school with a mask, pencils, and a calculator!!





Juniors, look here for information on how to try for a National Merit Scholarship!

https://www.kaptest.com/study/psat/how-to-become-a-national-merit-scholarship-finalist/

SAT & ACT


SAT and ACT are 2 different tests from 2 different companies.  Most colleges will accept either test.  Speak to your counselor for specific information about your specific situation.

To see a list of SAT test dates and register: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/dates-deadlines
Important Information. U.S. deadlines apply to students testing in the United States and U.S. territories. Additional fees may apply if you register late, change your test center, or cancel your test date. Find out how to make registration changes and get deadlines.; Sunday administrations usually occur the day after each Saturday test date for students who can't test on Saturday due to ...
collegereadiness.collegeboard.org
To see a list of ACT test dates and register: https://www.studypoint.com/ed/act-test-dates/

StudyPoint is a national leader in one-to-one, in-home test prep and academic tutoring. The test-taking techniques and strategies taught in our SAT tutoring and ACT tutoring programs enable students to earn higher test scores and gain admissions to competitive colleges and universities. Our expert subject tutors and personalized lesson plans help students earn better grades and become happier ...
www.studypoint.com
Here are some free resources to help you prepare:
https://www.studypoint.com/ed/act-test-dates/  (Look on the right hand side and click on Parents of sophomores, juniors, etc.)



PSAT Information


The PSAT is October 13th for all sophomores and juniors.  The test is free for our students.  PSAT scores are not college reportable, but they are a great tool.  For sophomores, the PSAT can allow them to see if they are on track for college and career readiness.  For juniors, they can earn scholarships for college.  Students need to bring a calculator, an ID (student ID is fine), and number 2 pencils.

Countdown to PSAT/ National Merit Test August 25th-October 8th: Create a College Board account following these steps: 1. Go to https://studentscores.collegeboard.org/home2. Click “Sign up” (to the left of “sign in”) 3. Follow the directions by filling in the required f...
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Helpful information for families
https://parents.collegeboard.org/college-board-programs/psat-nmsqt
https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/scores/understanding-scores
Find out how your PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 scores are calculated and what those scores mean. Sign in to get your scores. Score Report Video Guide Important: en Español Guía de la Universidad para los Padres. Calculating Your Score Because there’s no penalty for guessing, your raw score is the number of questions you answered correctly. Raw scores are converted to scores on a scale of 160 to ...
collegereadiness.collegeboard.org




AP Class Code:

How to Join AP Class.pdf

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All of us at National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) hope that your academic year is off to a good start despite these challenging times that we are all facing due to the global pandemic.  We hope for the continued safety and good health of all students, faculty, and staff at your institution.

 

We understand that high school officials may have questions regarding entry to the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program, especially if your school may not be able to offer the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) this academic year.  Please refer to the following information when advising your students about the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program.

 

National Merit Scholarship Program

 

The National Merit Scholarship Program, conducted by NMSC, is an annual academic competition for recognition and college undergraduate scholarships.  Established in 1955, NMSC is a privately financed not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance.  The competition is open to all U.S. high school students who meet published participation requirements.  Approximately 1.5 million high school students enter the program each year.

 

The 2020 PSAT/NMSQT (offered in October 2020 and January 2021) is the qualifying test for entry to the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program.  The PSAT™ 10 and PSAT™ 8/9 are NOT used for entry to the National Merit Scholarship Program.

 

Entry Requirements

 

To enter the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program, a student must meet all of the following requirements. A student must:

 

1.be enrolled as a high school student (traditional or homeschooled), progressing normally toward graduation or completion of high school by 2022, and planning to accept admission to college no later than the fall of 2022;
2.attend high school in the United States, District of Columbia, or U.S. commonwealths and territories; or meet the citizenship requirements for students attending high school outside the United States; and
3.take the 2020 PSAT/NMSQT or complete Alternate Entry requirements in the specified year of the high school program and no later than the third year in grades 9 through 12, regardless of grade classification or educational pattern.

 

Please refer to the PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide for detailed information about the competition.

 

PSAT/NMSQT Administrations

 

The PSAT/NMSQT will be offered on four dates during the 2020-2021 academic year.  NMSC encourages all schools to provide the PSAT/NMSQT to their students and to homeschooled students in their communities.  By doing so, high schools enable students to take advantage of various opportunities made available through the co-sponsorship of the PSAT/NMSQT by NMSC and College Board.

 

Test Administration Dates for 2020-2021:

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Saturday, October 17, 2020
Thursday, October 29, 2020
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 (recently added)

 

IMPORTANT: A student may take the PSAT/NMSQT only once per academic year.

 

Schools that are part of district or state supported administrations should refer to their district or state department of education prior to placing an order to ensure that a test day will be covered.  

 

For more information about registration for the PSAT/NMSQT and flexible ordering and administration policies in place for this year, please visit the College Board’s website at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/k12-educators.

 

Students Who Are Unable to Take the PSAT/NMSQT

 

A student who does not take the PSAT/NMSQT in October 2020 or January 2021 because of illness, an emergency, or other extenuating circumstance (including school closures), but meets all other requirements for NMSC program participation, may still be able to enter the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program by submitting scores from an administration of the SAT.  The student or a school official must visit www.nationalmerit.org/resources after the missed PSAT/NMSQT administration to download information about procedures for Alternate Entry to the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program.  To be considered, a student must complete certain requirements before April 1, 2021.

IMPORTANT: Alternate Entry is only for students who do not take the October 2020 PSAT/NMSQT or January 2021 PSAT/NMSQT.  Students who are uncertain about whether they will take the January PSAT/NMSQT are welcome to download and complete Alternate Entry requirements beginning in late October; however, NMSC will not consider a student’s SAT scores for entry to the program if it receives an official PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index score from College Board.

NOTE: The procedure described above for requesting Alternate Entry differs from information that is published in the PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide.  For the 2022 competition only, students and school officials will be able to download Alternate Entry instructions from NMSC’s website instead of submitting an individual written request to NMSC for approval.

Additional Information

For more details about entry to the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program, please refer to the PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide or visit www.nationalmerit.org.

You are welcome to share the content of this email with your students and their families.

National Merit Scholarship Corporation

1560 Sherman Avenue, Suite 200

Evanston, IL 60201-4897

(847) 866-5100

www.nationalmerit.org


PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 Practice - The College Board

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The new PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 offer high-quality practice resources including official sample questions, interactive study tools, and full practice tests.


Video why PSAT is important! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7FL2rUdz3w 


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https://www.collegeboard.org/


Preparing for the SAT? New Official SAT Practice through KHAN Academy website: 

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Good Information for Parents and Students:

Sophomores and Juniors received a copy of their score reports in homeroom on Wednesday.  Please look over this important information with your child.  For more details, use the access code listed on the front cover of the score report.  Additionally, for a detailed, parent friendly explanation of the score report visit:

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/scores/understanding-scores

JUNIORS!!!

The ACT is March 1st.  Bring #2 pencils and a calculator.  School will dismiss at 12:30.


East Meck has 2 options to help!

1. Free Strategies session class sponsored by Kaplan on January25th @10 AM in the Media Center

                                       OR

2.  Free Edgenuity ACTreview after school in 631 lab from 2:30-4:00 Feb 16-18 and 22-25

Students must sign up with Mrs. Mercabi in 630 or via email beginning January 21st

Space for both options is limited to the first 30 students.

ACT information sessions for parents or juniors:

February 11th at 7:30 AM in room 630

                      OR

February 11th at 12:30 PM in room 630

http://www.actstudent.org/testprep/


Special PSAT & ACT Note 

Parents of Freshmen and Juniors, please be on the lookout for score reports.  Freshmen received their practice PSAT and ACT scores and Juniors received their practice ACT scores Wednesday in homeroom. 

A quick note to parents of Sophomores and Juniors- the actual PSAT scores are scheduled to be delivered to East Meck on January 6th, and will be available online beginning January 7th.  


ACT Scores Available for Sophmores

Parents of Sophomores,

Your child received his/her ACT PLAN test scores on Wednesday, November 18th in homeroom.  Included in the packet are a detailed score report, the test booklet, and a guide for interpreting scores.  Please see the links below for additional information on the PLAN test and preparing for the ACT.  ​

http://www.act.org/plan/pdf/Plan-UsingYourResults.pdf (English version for interpreting scores)

http://www.act.org/plan/pdf/Plan-UsingYourResults-Spanish.pdf (Spanish version for interpreting scores)

http://www.act.org/plan/downloads.html (other resources for parents)


Free SAT Prep on Triumph

http://www.tcaprep.com/nsg/index.php/members/login/1628136437

User name—Student ID

Password—Birthday in this format YYYYMMDD

To access practice test—Select Study Guide for SAT.  Click Step 3 at the top tab and select test #6

 

ACT information

Need a fee waiver?  Bring a copy of your child nutrition letter to Guidance.  Go to www.actstudent.org  to create an account and register.

 

Free ACTPrep on Triumph— http://www.tcaprep.com/nsg/index.php/members/login/1628136437

User name—Student ID

Password—Birthday in this format YYYYMMDD

To access practice test—Select Study Guide for ACT.  Click Step 3 at the top tab and select test #6

Great article for parents that explains in detail ACT scoring and test information broken down for freshman, sophomores, juniors, and senior.  Visit  www.studypoint.com/ed/act-scoring  Look midway down the right side of the page

 

All juniors will have the opportunity to take a FREE practice ACT in October.  More details to follow soon!

 

PSAT information

For detailed information on the new test and FREE practice tests, visit these webpages:

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/test-design/redesign-specifications

http://blog.prepscholar.com/the-new-psat-redesigned-in-2015-complete-guide

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Proctors Needed:

East Meck will need proctors for Semester 1 Exams at the end of the year.  Proctors must be at least 18 years of age and registered as a CMS volunteer.  (To register as a volunteer, please visit https://www.cmsvolunteers.com/).

If you are interested in proctoring, please contact Julia Mercabi, School Testing Coordinator at juliab.mercabi@cms.k12.nc.us or 980-343-6430.

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Phone: 980-343-3000
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