The Preliminary SAT, also known as the PSAT/NMSQT® (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test), is a preparatory version of the SAT exam. Not used to determine college admissions; intended to help students prepare for the SAT. Same format as the SAT, but shorter – a test of verbal and mathematical reasoning.
- Students can only take the PSAT once per year, and most students take the test in both 10th and 11th grade.
- If a student earns a high score on the PSAT his/her junior year, he/she could qualify to receive a National Merit Scholarship.
- Testing skills in reading, writing, and math, the PSAT is 2 hours and 45 minutes long. Unlike the SAT, the highest score possible on the PSAT is 1520.
- Which students do you test (Counselor Talk, September 2018) Responses
- PSAT Update 8-13-18
- State Board of Education Policy Guidance regarding the PSAT replacing the Accuplacer requirement, July 11, 2018
- PSAT Day Schedule Information and Additional Responses (responses from Counselor Talk, August & November 2017)
- If you’re running the PSAT, I’ve found it easier to unwrap the answer sheets and separate those two things out…if you just give rooms a wrapped pack of answer sheets, a lot of them will not see those and text you frantically asking where they are. They’re easily unnoticed.
- PSAT Testers from online schools (from Christina Riley, the College & Career Counselor at Connections Academy, Counselor Talk, Sept. 2017):
We do not send out letters to students telling them to [contact local schools to take the PSAT]. I just simply sent an email to students letting them know that we cannot offer the PSAT (per College Board) and if they want to take the exam, they will need to contact a local high school. Yes, the state will pay for our students if they take it at [a local public] school. We are an accredited, public school… It is up to your district if you want to allow INCA students to take the PSAT/AP with you…
- College Board: Learn About the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10
- College Board PSAT Information for K-12 Educators
- Understanding 2017 PSAT Results
- Know Your Tests: College Entrance Exams
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