The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test
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The PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary Scholastic aptitude Test/National Merit
Scholarship Qualifying Test) is a two hour test given on two dates in
October of each year. Like the SAT, it tests verbal and math skills. All
of the questions on the PSAT are taken from previous SATs.
This test is:
1) A practice test for the SAT;
2) A tool for guidance counselors to help students plan for college;
3) A qualifying test for the scholarship awarded by the National
Merit Scholarship Corporation and the National Hispanic Scholar Award
practice for the SAT test required by a majority of
colleges for admission. The PSAT measures
critical reading, verbal reasoning, writing skills and math
problem-solving skills. Eleventh grade scores will
be used to compete for National Merit Scholarships.
Who tests: All 9th,
10th and 11th graders, unless the students
registers for opt-out.
Students should bring
calculator (optional- the math test is designed such that a calculator
is not necessary)
Back-to-School packets contained a registration for all 9th
and 11th grades. Tenth graders only need
to register if they are opting out. Registrations
must be returned by Friday, September 29. There will
be a registration table at the entrance to Guidance at Back-to-School
Night, September 28.
Practice materials will be distributed on Monday,
October 2, to all 11th grade students during their 7th
period class. All 9th and 10th
grade students will receive PSAT reading/writing practice either
Thursday, October 12, or Friday, October 13, during their English class.
They will receive PSAT math practice either Monday, October 16,
or Tuesday, October 17, during their math class, at the end of which
they will be given the practice material to take home.
Cost: The fee for
all 9th and 11th grades is $15; make
a check payable to
FCPS pays the registration fee for all tenth grade students.