The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). The State of Oregon suggests that all sophomores take this test and it’s given to them at CHS on a specific date in October each year. It can be taken again in the junior year (for a fee), when it is the qualification test for the National Merit Scholarship program.
The PSAT is terrific practice for the SAT Reasoning Test, and also lets you identify areas where your skills might need strengthening. It’s structured like and covers the same type of material as the SAT: critical reading skills, math problem-solving skills, and writing skills. It measures skills you’ve learned to use over your lifetime, not specific facts from a class, one course, or a single year.
Taking the PSAT as a junior also gives you a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain early access to college and career planning tools.
Interested? Contact your counselor to see when the PSAT/NMSQT is scheduled, and click here to find out more about PSATs and the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT).