ABOUT THE PSAT (from the College Board)
The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholasrhip Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is an assessment given to 10th and 11th grade students that is delivered in the fall and designed to help prepare them for the SAT, college and careers. Historically, students who take the PSAT/NMSQT score higher on the SAT, on average, than those who don't take the test.
Students who take the PSAT/NMSQT in 11th grade typically may enter the National Merit Scholarship Program, an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. There is a host of scholarship partners that uses the PSAT/NMSQT to find students qualified to apply for their program. These organizations may include: American Indian Graduate Center, Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Indigenous Education, Inc. - Home of the Cobell Scholarship, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, and United Negro College Fund (UNCF).
Additionally, all students who take the PSAT/NMSQT receive free, personalized online SAT practice based on their test results. They get: customized instant feedback, official full-length SAT practice tests, thousands of practice questions, video lesson, and hints. Students can access free, personalized SAT practice anytime, anywhere at satpractice.org
The test is being offered on Wednesday, October 14, 2020. CASA will be giving the PSAT/NMSQT to all interested 10th and 11th grade students. The test will take approximately three hours. Please complete a registration form and return it with payment to Mrs. Baker if you would like your child to take the PSAT.
Fee waivers are available to students for both the PSAT/NMSQT and SAT – please see Mrs. Baker if you qualify for free/reduced lunch and would like a fee waiver for testing.