WHY TAKE PSAT:
*RECEIVE COLLEGE READINESS DATA
* PREVIEW SAT
*RECEIVE A CUSTOM SAT STUDY PLAN
*CONNECT WITH COLLEGES
*EARN SCHOLARSHIPS (JRS. ONLY)
What assessments are administered and which will my student take?
8th grade students take the PSAT 8/9. This is the initial opportunity for students to experience an assessment which is practice and preparation to take the PSAT and SAT. The results allow students and families to consider strengths and opportunities for further study.
9th grade students take the PSAT 8/9. This exam allows students to compare their performance from the previous year and is a practice test for PSAT 10.
10th grade students take the PSAT. This exam allows students to experience the rigor and timed segments of content that will be featured on the SAT.
11th grade students take the PSAT/NMSQT (National Merit Scholar Qualifying Test). Results from this exam determine National Merit Scholars nationwide. Students who achieve National Merit status are awarded scholarship packages to be applied at the college or university of their choice.
Note: PSAT 8/9 is an important test for gathering data and is a baseline assessment for student skills; however, scores are not reported to or used by colleges to determine admission or scholarship.
What benefits are associated with the PSAT?
Schools are able to gather important baseline data on college and career readiness and it provides students an opportunity to preview the SAT, PSAT, and connect to AP courses.
Are these assessments required for graduation?
No. These assessments provide opportunities to practice/prepare for college entrance exams. Also, when students take the PSAT during their 11th grade year, they are automatically screened for the National Merit Scholarship Program.
What information is covered on PSAT?
Each version of the PSAT contain material which covers Math, Reading, Writing, and Language. Click here to learn more.
Are accommodations available for the PSAT?
Yes, students with documented disabilities are eligible for accommodations on College Board exams. Students cannot take the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, or PSAT 10 with accommodations unless their request for accommodations has been approved by the College Board Services for Students with Disabilities.
Accommodations for PSAT 8/9 do not require approval from College Board. If your student currently receives testing accommodations, campus personnel will work with student/parents to provide appropriate accommodations on PSAT 8/9.
Note: PSAT accommodations do not align with STAAR accommodations. Also, there is no guarantee that the accommodations your student may utilize on PSAT 8/9 will be approved by College Board for the PSAT/NMSQT.