FInd out more about the newly designed tests –
The PSAT is a nationwide, multiple-choice test taken by about 3.6 million high school students every year–mostly sophomores and juniors. A great primer for the SAT® and even the ACT®, the PSAT includes math, critical reading and writing questions.
Students sign up for the PSAT/NMSQT at their high school or with their school counselor. Online registration is not available to students or parents.
The PSAT is offered every year in October. There are two National testing dates. This year it will be offered
- Wednesday, Oct. 14
- Alternate – Wednesday, Oct. 28
*This year there will not be a Saturday test offered. The Saturday option will return in the 2016.
If you are a home-schooled student, check with your neighborhood high school well in advanced (I would recommend a few months ahead of time) to inquire about taking the test. They will need enough advanced notice to ensure they can order an additional test for you. Here is a great link for more information –
Students with Disabilities
Students whose disabilities affect participation in the PSAT/NMSQT are eligible to take it with accommodations. However, the use of any accommodation must be approved by the College Board. To apply for accommodations, check with your counselor way in advance. I recommend at least 6 months in advance. There are forms and diagnostic paperwork that will need to be completed and submitted to seek approval for accommodations. Here is a great link to get you started:
Let’s talk a little about the National Merit Scholarship –
The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the PSAT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test), a test which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.5 million entrants each year—and by meeting published program entry/participation requirements. Students are ranked by score against other high school juniors taking the test in their testing year. Usually a qualifying score will land somewhere in the top 98% and above.