Everything you need to know about the PSAT!

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What is the PSAT?

The Preliminary SAT, also known as the PSAT/NMSQT® (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test), is a preparatory version of the SAT exam. You can only take the PSAT once per year, and many students take the test in both 10th and 11th grade. If you earn a high score on the PSAT your junior year, you could qualify to receive a National Merit Scholarship—$180 million dollars in merit scholarships are awarded to students each year! Testing your skills in reading, writing, and math, the PSAT is 2 hours and 45 minutes long. Unlike the SAT, the highest score possible on the PSAT is 1520.

PSAT Breakdown

What is on the test?

* Section 1- Reading (60 min)

* Section 2- Writing/Language (35 min)

* Section 3- Math (no calculator) (25 min)

* Section 4- Math (with calculator) (45 min)

** No penalty for incorrect answers

NOTE: Junior year (3rd year in high school) = National Merit eligible
Understanding Your PSAT/NMSQT Score Report

National Merit Scholarship Program (Juniors only)

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and college scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year, and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.
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National Hispanic Scholarship Recognition Program (Juniors only)

If you’re a Hispanic/Latino junior and take the PSAT/NMSQT, you could be invited to apply for academic recognition as part of the College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP). Every year, the NHRP recognizes about 5,000 of the 250,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who take the test. The College Board’s NHRP program is an academic honor that can be included on college applications. It’s not a scholarship, but colleges do use this program to identify academically exceptional Hispanic/Latino students.

Next Steps...

Online score reports do more than show you which skills you should work on. They also connect you to:


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AP Potential (link found within student's PSAT score report)

AP Potential™ is a research-driven, free web-based tool that will help students choose the AP courses that interest them. AP Potential is rooted in a long line of research showing that PSAT/NMSQT scores, and by extension SAT scores, predict performance on specific AP Exams — often with more accuracy than other traditionally used methods.

Planning ahead: 2020 PSAT (9th-11th graders only)

Wednesday, Oct. 14th, 8:30am

6900 Broadway Street

San Antonio, TX

The next PSAT is October 14th, 2020. More information regarding registration coming soon.


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