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Posted 9/4/19

College Park High School PSAT/NMSQT

Date: Saturday, October 19

Time: 8:00 AM

Place: CPHS

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The PSAT/NMSQT is the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

This exam is a great practice for the SAT- or even the ACT-, but in addition to being a practice exam, this PSAT score is used to identify National Merit Scholars and award merit scholarships in a student’s Senior year.  ONLY those students who take the exam during their Junior year are considered for the National Merit Scholarship.  Sophomore students will take the PSAT 10 exam in the Spring and can use that exam to prepare for their Junior year and beyond.

What does the PSAT test?

The PSAT has two sections: Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing. You’ll encounter passage-based questions—sometimes accompanied by tables, graphs, and charts—and math problems drawing upon algebra, geometry, and a little trig.

What is the PSAT and why is it important?

The PSAT won’t count towards your college admissions applications, but it is the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship. Some of the highest scoring students may win scholarship money, so while you shouldn’t stress out about the PSAT, you certainly shouldn’t ignore it either. Use the PSAT as practice for the SAT and ACT and a step on your higher education journey.

How should I prepare for the PSAT?

The College Board webpage has some great tools to help you prepare for the PSAT and SAT.  Please visit the following links:

PSAT Main Page

PSAT Practice Exams

Khan Academy Practice