Test Prep

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  • PSAT Test for Juniors | Wednesday, October 11

    Junior students will take the PSAT online on Wednesday, October 11. As this is the first time students will be taking the PSAT online, school IT staff and administrators will be assisting students with any necessary PSAT testing downloads in preparation for the test on October 11.
    As a reminder, the PSAT tests students’ skills in reading, writing, and math. The test is 2 hours and 45 minutes. 
    The results of this test are used to determine those who qualify for National Merit Scholarships, a national academic recognition and scholarship program for all juniors conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Taking this test is most beneficial to students who could be in contention for recognition from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The National Merit Scholarship program recognizes the top 3% of high school juniors nationally based on their scores on the PSAT.
  • ACT for Junior Students | March 12, 2024

    Juniors will take the ACT on March 12, 2024. This is the Wisconsin state testing day for the ACT.  
  • Pre-ACT for Freshman & Sophomore | March 12, 2024

    Freshmen and sophomores will take the Pre-ACT, paper-and-pencil format, on March 12, 2024. The Pre-ACT is good preparation for the ACT. 

Petersen's Test Preparation Program FAQ

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  • How do I receive login assistance?

    For assistance with logging in, please contact:

    DSHA Librarian Christina Thiele
  • How does the ACT, PSAT, and/or SAT Online Course Prep work?

    Our personalized online ACT, PSAT, and/or SAT course prepares you for test day with expert guidance that builds both skills and confidence in the areas where you most need help. Plus, it's stocked with essential subject-specific and general test-taking strategies. And the best part? Your and/or SAT course is built just for you, based on the results of a pretest.

    Click here for ACT prep materials. >

    Click here for PSAT prep materials. >

    Click here for SAT prep materials. >
  • Do they offer ACT, PSAT, and/or SAT practice tests?

    Test topics include:
    • English—tests your knowledge of grammar, usage, and organization
    • Math—includes topics such as arithmetic, algebra, geometry, data analysis, and trigonometry
    • Reading—assesses your reading comprehension skills
    • Science—tests your ability to analyze and interpret scientific information
    • Writing (optional)—requires you to write an essay that expresses your position on the issue presented
    Practice for the test online, zero in on your strengths and weaknesses, and make sure you're ready.
  • Are there test prep books?

    Peterson's ACT Prep Guide or Master the New SAT has been completely updated in an online format and will help you get ready for the ACT/SAT. You'll get an overview of the exam, subject reviews of key topic areas (including English, math, reading, science, and writing), test-taking tips and strategies, and detailed scoring information. You'll also have the chance to practice your skills and diagnose your strengths and weaknesses by taking four practice tests with detailed answer explanations.
  • Are there opportunities for AP Exam prep?

    The Advanced Placement (AP) program gives students the chance to earn college-level credits through a series of exams.
    Benefits of the AP program:
    • Earn college credit and advanced standing
    • Enhance your college application
    • Explore subjects at a more in-depth level
    • Save time and money
    Qualifying scores on AP exams may earn you credit and advanced standing at many colleges and universities. Check with the schools you're interested in to confirm specific requirements.

    Click here for AP exam resources. >
  • Do they assist with scholarship search?

    Whether you're interested in planning ahead, searching for aid, or making a final decision about your aid offer, our financial tools can help you manage the process each step of the way. If you're seeking guidance about how to pay for college, check out the following tools:
    • Undergraduate Scholarship Search
    • Award Analyzer
    • Financial Aid Quiz
    • College Savings Calculator
    • Tuition Cost Finder
    We also provide a convenient link to the official website for the FAFSA, where you can go to fill out your form online and follow up on your application.
  • Is there resume assistance?

    ResumeBuilder walks you step by step through the resume writing process - helping you create a professional resume that outlines your qualifications and skills while highlighting your accomplishments.
    Choose from more than 40 industries and select a resume design, and ResumeBuider will guide you through entering your information. You can access hundreds of brainstorming phrases, keywords, examples, and tips from the pros to help you along the way. When you're done, you can save and print your final resume in Word, PDF, and more. You'll also be able to email copies of your resume directly to potential employers and schools.
    Best of all, you can build as many resumes as you like, and they will all be saved and stored here to access and update anytime you need!

Upcoming DSHA Events + Opportunities

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  • Sept. 7 // Online | How Executive Functioning Skills Improve Grades & Lower Stress

    How Executive Functioning Skills Improve Grades & Lower Stress Presentation
    Thursday, September 7, 2023 | 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM CT
    Live Online 
    How Executive Functioning Skills Improve Grades & Lower Stress Presentation (for parents but students are encouraged to attend) 
    Long-lasting happiness is the kind that comes from within; it’s the kind that stems from your values. Those values are translated through our habits. Whether school habits, family habits, success habits, or any other kind of habit, habits are things under our control, which help to determine our overall level of happiness. In this session, we will identify 6 habits that separate the best students from the students who struggle, and how mastering these 6 habits will lead to lower stress, better grades, and an overall increase in quality of life. Come join Revolution Prep for an engaging presentation. 

  • Sept. 10 // Online | PSAT 101 Strategy Session

    PSAT 101 Strategy Session
    Sunday, September 10, 2023 | 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM CT
    Live Online 
    We invite students to join Revolution Prep for an introductory strategy session for the official PSAT! This free two-hour session is designed to give students insight into the PSAT exam as well as provide tips and tricks for test day. In this session, one of their professional tutors will teach core test-taking strategies including a dive into the exam content and structure, how to avoid common traps, and how to create the best plan for success.

    Click here to register today. >
  • Sept. 16 // Online | Digital PSAT/NMSQT Practice Exam

    Digital PSAT/NMSQT Practice Exam
    Saturday, September 16, 2023 | 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM CT
    Live Online 
    Step 2: Schedule a free 30-minute score report review with a Revolution Prep testing expert to help you interpret the results and develop a customized plan to prepare. Please schedule this appointment for the few days after the exam. You can pre-schedule this Score Report Review here. > 
    Step 3: Make sure your device is fully charged and ready to go prior to exam day. 
    For the class of 2025 and younger, the College Board is transitioning the PSAT and SAT from pencil-and-paper format to digital format. Becoming familiar with the new digital-format tests will be key for students to feel confident as they head into their official PSAT in October of junior year. 

    Our friends at Revolution Prep are excited to support us through this transition by offering a free digital PSAT experience that most accurately reflects the official College Board test in format, user experience, adaptivity, and content. Students will learn how to navigate the new digital testing format and practice using the exact tools available to them on the real test, such as the graphing calculator, digital annotations, answer elimination, and much more! Upon completing the practice exam, you will receive a score report illustrating three high-impact areas for your student to focus on for each section of the test (math, reading, and writing) to help your student feel confident on testing day. 

    Support your student in being prepared for the switch to the digital PSAT by registering.
  • Sept. 27 // ACT workshop

    FREE to DSHA juniors, STEM Interventionist and ACT Prep Instructor Jennifer Parr will be facilitating an ACT workshop the afternoon following Dash-A-Thon from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
    Limited slots are available. Additionally, DSHA will build in more ACT workshop opportunities throughout the fall and early winter. This programming will happen during the school day in Applied Wellness or on days when classes are not in session.
  • Oct. 3 // College Holistic Admissions Case Study

    College Holistic Admissions Case Study
    Tuesday, October 3, 2023 |  6:00-8:00 PM
    Robert and Marie Hansen Family Fine Arts Theatre

    Junior and Senior parents, please join the Director of College Counseling and Galin Education for a hands-on learning experience about the college holistic application review process. During this program, our panelists of admissions representatives and experts will give you a look into holistic application review by letting you decide which of three applicants are admitted, waitlisted, and denied at a fictional college.

    Registration is required to attend. 
    Click here to register. >


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Librarian Christina Thiele


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Director of College Advising Kristin Shea

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