The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It's 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.
Students in grades 10 and 11 at TASOK have the opportunity to write the PSAT on October 17, 2012. Students in grade 11 are automatically registered at TASOK’s expense. Interested grade 10 students must register with Ms. Baranowsky in September and pay the $20 fee.
What is the PSAT? (http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/psat/about.html)
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.
- Receive information from colleges when you check "yes" to Student Search Service.
American students who are interested in the National Merit Scholarship Program must qualify for this highly competitive scholarship. The PSAT/NMSQT is the qualifying test for this scholarship and recognition program.
More information and preparation can be made by going to the website: www.collegeboard.com or to www.nationalmerit.org
If you have any questions please see Ms. Baranowsky or any TASOK college counselor.