PSAT/NMSQT Facts for Parents of 7th, 8th, 10th and 11th Graders

Pull out your 2015 calendars and make an appointment with guidance counselors to discuss the PSAT/NMSQT in the near future. Most people don’t understand the full importance of this testing, so I have collected a few facts for your review.

  • Over 3.6 million students take the PSAT/NMSQT each year. Only 11th-grade students can qualify for scholarships and recognition, but younger students benefit from early feedback on their skills.
  • The PSAT/NMSQT assesses the critical reading, mathematics, and writing skills students need for college and beyond. Find out what the test is like and try practice questions.
  • The PSAT/NMSQT helps students become college ready. It provides detailed feedback on skills, access to scholarships and personalized online tools, and excellent practice for the SAT.
  • Students in 11th grade may be eligible for the National Merit Scholarship program and other programs that use PSAT/NMSQT scores.
  • The PSAT/NMSQT and the SAT have the same format and evaluate the same skills. PSAT/NMSQT students also get a custom SAT study plan based on their results.
  • PSAT/NMSQT scores tell students and educators how likely students are to succeed in AP courses and on AP Exams.
  • Students get free access to My College QuickStartTM. Features include an interactive score report, a personality test, major and career suggestions, and a starter list of colleges.
  • The College Board offers PSAT/NMSQT fee waivers for eligible 11th-grade students. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Fee waivers might not be available after the June ordering deadline. [Waivers are offered to students by guidance counselors. Ask your child’s counselor if you’re eligible.]

First in Family college bound students should have this information, especially those who will be entering the 11th grade and eligible for the National Merit Scholarship Program.

~ Dr. Grady

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