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. 16, 2019, 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)
Students enrolled in at least one College Prep (CP), Accelerated (ACC), or Honors (HON) course will be automatically registered to take the PSAT.
For classified students, the administration of the PSAT in grades 9 and 10 is considered a group administered practice assessment with oversight by the College Board and Lenape District as the test site. The PSAT is not a district assessment governed by IEP provisions, and will be administered without accommodations. For those juniors who may score high enough to enter the National Merit Scholarship competition, parents may apply to the College Board to seek approval for accommodations, but this application is not necessary for classified students to participate. The district does not be utilize PSAT scores for program or placement decisions, and there are no negative consequences to participating in this enrichment opportunity.