What is the PSAT exam? Why take the exam?
The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program cosponsored by the College Board and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It is a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT®. It also gives US students a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools.
The PSAT/NMSQT measures:
- Critical reading skills
- Math problem-solving skills
- Writing skills
The most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are for students to
- Receive feedback on strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. Students are then able to focus their preparation on those areas where additional study and practice would be beneficial.
- See how their performance on an admissions test might compare with that of other students applying to college.
- Enter the competition for scholarships from NMSC (students from the US in grade 11 only).
- Help prepare for the SAT. Students can become familiar with the types of questions and the exact directions they will see on the SAT.
- Receive information from colleges by checking “yes” to Student Search Service.
For further information go to http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/psat/about.html