The Preliminary SAT (PSAT) standardized tests provide students with first-hand practice for the SAT. They measure skills in critical reading, math problem-solving, and writing. They do not require students to recall specific facts from their classes.
On Oct. 11, 2017, 11th and 10th graders will take the PSAT/NMSQT and 9th graders will take the PSAT 8/9. The PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), a program co-sponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), gives juniors a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools. The PSAT 8/9 is tailored to what 9th graders know in the fall of their first year in high school. Common reasons for taking the PSAT tests are
- to gain feedback on the students' strengths and weaknesses with skills necessary for college study, so students can focus their preparation in those areas
- to see how students' performance may compare with that of others applying to college
- to become familiar with the kinds of questions and directions students will see on the SAT
- to receive information from colleges when students check "yes" to Student Search Service
- to enter the competition for NMSC scholarships (grade 11 only)