The Preliminary SAT, also known as the “PSAT/NMSQT®,” a National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, is a preparatory version of the SAT exam. Scholars can only take the PSAT once per year, and Haas Hall scholars in grades 7-11 will be taking some version of the test. If scholars earn a high score on the PSAT their junior year, they could qualify to receive a National Merit Scholarship. (On a special note: a third of last year’s junior class were qualifiers following the PSAT exam! Also, across the country, scholarships totaling $180 million are awarded to students each year.)
Testing scholars’ skills in reading, writing, and math, the PSAT itself takes approximately two hours and 45 minutes. Unlike the SAT, the highest score possible on the PSAT is 1520.
The PSAT/NMSQT is delivered in the fall and designed to help prepare scholars for the SAT, college, and careers. It is the second test in the SAT Suite of Assessments, an integrated system of tests that also includes the PSAT 8/9, the PSAT 10, and the SAT. Historically, scholars who take the PSAT/NMSQT score higher on the SAT, on average, than those who don’t take the test.
How can scholars prepare? Starting next week on Wednesday, October 2nd, those in grades 7-11 will begin taking the practice PSAT/NMSQT exam. Scholars who would like further preparation are eligible to receive free, personalized online SAT practice through Khan Academy; in addition, free, personalized SAT practice tests are available at the following link: https://www.khanacademy.org/sat.
The official PSAT/NMSQT exam will take place on October 16th, so there is plenty of time for scholars to prepare. In the meantime, should you or scholars have any questions, please do not hesitate to email Mrs. Culpepper or Mrs. Kate. Mrs. Culpepper’s email address is as follows: firstname.lastname@example.org; Mrs. Kate’s email address is as follows: email@example.com.