PSAT Information

  • PSAT

    SAT/NMSQT stands for Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. It's a standardized test that provides first hand practice for the SAT Reasoning Test. It also gives you a chance to enter National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) scholarship programs.


    The PSAT/NMSQT measures:

    • critical reading skills
    • math problem-solving skills
    • writing skills


    The most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are:

    • to receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study.
    • to see how your performance on an admissions test might copare with that of others applying to college.
    • to enter the competition for scholarships from the National Meriit Scholarships Corporation (grade 11).
    • to help prepare for the SAT. You can become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions you will see on the SAT.
    • to receive information from colleges when you check "yes" to the Student Search Service.


    JUNIORS: REMEMBER THIS IS YOUR LAST PRACTICE SHOT BEFORE TAKING THE REAL SAT 2ND SEMESTER THIS YEAR!!! We strongly recommend that all college bound students plan on taking the SAT a minimum of 2 times but 3 times is ideal. The reason for multiple testing is that the colleges traditionally look at highest verbal and highest math scores. Taking the test twice allows for a bad day. Taking it a third time can help ensure consistency. Statistically speaking, taking it more than three times is not usually necessary as scores change little after three sittings