Sponsored by The College Board, this is a test that measures critical reading, verbal reasoning, mathematical problem-solving and writing skills – those abilities shown to be important for successful academic performance in college. The test also serves as the qualifying exam for the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Students who plan to take the PSAT/NMSQT will receive a full-length sample test to take for practice, complete with explanations of the kinds of questions asked, test-taking tips, and an answer sheet and instructions for scoring. After the test, students will receive their original test booklet, their answers, a key to the correct answers, and a personalized score report that provides feedback and improvement suggestions based on the student’s performance.
Why take the PSAT/NMSQT?
To practice for the SAT I. Because of the similar format, directions and question types, students who take the PSAT, on average, earn higher scores on the SAT I than those who don’t.
To earn scholarships and academic recognition. Students who perform well may become eligible to enter the National Merit Scholarship competitions as well as programs that give special recognition to high-achieving Hispanics and African-American students.
To begin the college search. Students can voluntarily place their name in a pool of college-bound students interested in receiving admission and financial aid information from certified college.
To see how one’s academic skills compare with those of other college-bound students.
To get feedback on how to improve academic skills needed for the SAT I and in college. The PSAT “Score Report Plus” gives each student personalized feedback and clearly identifies academic skills that need improvement.
Who takes the PSAT/NMSQT?
College-bound students should plan to take the PSAT/NMSQT in October of their junior year. Sophomore and freshmen students are also encouraged to take the test, but their scores do not qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program.
How does a student register for the PSAT/NMSQT?
The PSAT is offered in October for juniors and in the spring time for freshmen and sophomores. Registration is handled through the guidance office.
How long does the PSAT/NMSQT take?
Two hours and forty-five minutes.
Freshmen year: Spring PSAT 8/9 (this will administered during the school day)
Sophomore year: Spring PSAT 10
Junior year – October PSAT