The PSAT is a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT®. It also gives you a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools.
The PSAT/NMSQT measures:
- Critical reading skills
- Math problem-solving skills
- Writing skills
You have developed these skills over many years, both in and out of school. This test doesn't require you to recall specific facts from your classes.
The most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are to:
- Receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. You can then focus your preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice.
- See how your performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college.
- Enter the competition for scholarships from NMSC (grade 11).
- Help prepare for the SAT. You can become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions you will see on the SAT.
- Visit Collegeboard.com for more information about the PSAT & SAT Tests
- The day of the exam, you are required to bring photo ID, two #2 pencils with erasers and you may use a calculator on the math sections. Any four-function, scientific or graphing calculator is acceptable. Choose a calculator you are comfortable with.
- There is NO essay ~ only a multiple choice writing section. (The test measures your reasoning and critical thinking skills – you will not have to recall facts from literature, history, or science or complete math formulas.)
- In order to review your scores after the test, you must remember to write your name and the name of your Guidance Counselor on the work booklet so your exact test and answers can be reviewed.
- Please remember that cell phones, iPods, etc. are strictly prohibited. If you have them in your possession the day of the test, your proctor will hold them until the test is complete.
- Based on your score, a small percent of students will be entered into the National Merit Scholarship. (Sophomores cannot qualify)
- Scores for the PSAT are not reported ~ no colleges will see them!
- The results help you understand your weak points so you can work on them when preparing for the SAT.
- You should take the SAT in the spring of your junior year.
- Collegeboard.com for SAT sample tests; the Middle Country Library has an SAT Prep Course; and Middle Country is offering Kaplan and Zaps prep courses – check out all the info on the MC website!