PSAT/NMSQT will be offered on October 14, 2023 for Juniors.
The PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) is designed for juniors. This test serves as practice for the SAT reasoning tests because the questions and scoring are similar to that of the SAT. The PSAT/NMSQT is a DIGITAL multiple-choice test that consists of two sections: the reading and writing section and the math section. Students must arrive on-time as doors will be locked at 8:00 a.m.
Students are REQUIRED to bring the following items with them for the testing:
2) A power cord and/or a portable charger. We cannot guarantee you'll have access to an outlet during testing. Your device should be able to hold a charge for 3-4 hours.
3) A pencil or pen.
4) Scratch paper will be provided- do not bring your own.
5) An approved calculator. There's a graphing calculator built into the app, but you can bring your own if you like.
6) An external keyboard if you use one (you can only use external keyboards with tablets- not laptops.
This test is important for several reasons:
1) The PSAT serves as a practice for the SAT Reasoning Test because the questions and scores are similar. This test will indicate what a student's score range may be on the SAT Reasoning Test.
2) Taking the PSAT/NMSQT is the first step in entering the highly competitive scholarship program conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). Semi-finalists for National Merit Scholarships are chosen based on their junior year PSAT scores.
These prestigious awards are given to approximately 6,000 college-bound seniors each year.
3) The PSAT/NMSQT allows students to compare their ability to do college work with the ability of other college bound students.
Want to know what to expect? Take a practice test below.
Watch the video below to help get ready to take the Digital PSAT: