and why YOU should take it this fall!

What is the PSAT test?

The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and 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. The PSAT/NMSQT has three tests: the Reading Test, the Writing and Language Test, and the Math Test. Note that the PSAT does not have a science section.

The test is open to all 9th, 10th, and 11th graders. Only 11th grade students can qualify for the National Merit Scholarship through their index scores. Underclassmen may take the test in preparation for the Junior year examination.

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Registration information

In order to sign up, we need two items:

1. Complete the form below

2. Pay by check or money order

The cost is $18. Payment can be made to Mrs. Sadler in the Counseling Office (check or money order - no cash, please). Checks need to be made out to Blackman High School. Her desk is at the glass door entrance of the counseling office, just down from the auxiliary gym on the right.

There are a limited number of PSAT testing slots available on a first come, first served basis, so be sure to make your payment as soon as possible. Students can pick up study materials from Mrs. Sadler when they sign up and submit payment.

If you have PSAT questions, please contact Mrs. Beth Stone at stonee@rcschools.net



FREE BHS PSAT test prep EVERY Thursday during C and I starting Sept. 23

Thursday, Sep. 23rd, 9:15am

BHS Media Center computer lab

Every Thursday beginning Sept. 23 during C and I in the media center front computer lab.

Mrs. Gregory will be available to talk about test format, set up on Kahn Academy test prep site, answer questions, etc.

Why should you take the PSAT?

Check out this short article outlining the test and why you should take it:


FREE PSAT review sites:


  • College Board PSAT Prep
  • Kaplan PSAT Prep
  • Princeton Review PSAT Prep
  • Test prep books from any publisher that is using current test material, do not use material created prior to 2016