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The district took health and safety precautions to host the practice test last week

West Linn-Wilsonville School District briefly welcomed high school students back to the classroom last week — but not for regular classes.

All three schools hosted the PSATs for juniors and approximately 180 students in the district were able to take the practice test.

Director of Communications Andrew Kilstrom said all necessary health and safety protocols were in place for the sessions.

The test, aside from being good practice for the SAT, determines if a junior qualifies for the National Merit Scholarship.

West Linn High School Principal Gregory Neuman said in a typical year, the test would be offered to other high school grades as well — especially 10th graders who want the practice for the SATs their junior year.

This year the school didn't have enough staff available to proctor the exam for other grades, so the school prioritized juniors.

"That is primarily how 11th graders are chosen to have their ability for (the scholarship)," he said of the test.

Neuman said it was great to see students back in classrooms, if only for a test.

"I'd never seen kids so happy to come in and take a standardized test," he said.


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