The PSAT will be given at Dixie in October. The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is a program co-sponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT. Taking it also gives you a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools. PSAT test scores, in addition to ACT scores, are also considered for GSP (Governor's Scholars Program) applications.
The PSAT/NMSQT measures critical reading, math problem-solving and writing skills. You have developed these skills over many years, both in and out of school. This test doesn't require you to recall specific facts from your classes.
The most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are to:
- Receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. You can then focus your preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice.
- See how your performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college.
- Enter the competition for scholarships from NMSC (Grade 11 only)
- Help prepare for the SAT. You can become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions you will see on the SAT.
- Receive information from colleges when you check "yes" to Student Search Service.
- Use the scores for GSP applications.
Typically, this test is taken by Juniors for the reasons listed above. If, however, there are sophomores who want to take the test, we will try to accommodate them. Sophomores, especially those in accellerated classes, should consider taking the PSAT to experience it prior to taking it as a junior when it involves the NMSC opportunities.