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PSAT Information

2016-2017 PSAT WILL BE ADMINISTERED ON OCTOBER 19TH. THE TEST COSTS $20. SEE THE DAILY BULLETIN IN SEPTEMBER FOR SIGN UP INFORMATION.
 
 
WHAT IS THE PSAT?
  • A comprehensive assessment program that measures college readiness and provides students with the tools they need to start planning for the future.

  • Used by National Merit Scholarship Corporation as an initial screening of entrants in its annual competitions for recognition and college scholarships (typically, entrants are in their third year of high school).

  • Measures skills in three academic areas: reading, writing and language, and math.

  • Rigorously developed by experts and content specialists, with comprehensive reviews and analyses to ensure

    that test questions are fair for all students.

  • An integral component of the SAT Suite of Assessments, a series of assessments that also includes the SAT® for 11th- and 12th-graders, PSATTM 10 for 10th-graders, and PSATTM 8/9 for eighth- and ninth-graders.

  • A low-cost solution for schools and districts interested in measuring performance, improving outcomes, and building a college-going culture.

 
WHY SHOULD I TAKE THE PSAT?
  • Improves teaching and learning: A consistent online reporting portal allows educators to analyze data and visualize results across all of the tests in the SAT Suite of Assessments and prescribe interventions when students are ahead or behind. Scores are available in speci c content areas, tied to state standards and benchmarks, and indicate whether students are on target for college.

  • Increases participation in the Advanced Placement Program® (AP®): The online AP PotentialTM tool identi es students likely to succeed in AP, helping educators expand access to challenging courses.

  • Supports college and career planning: Students receive an interactive score report with answer explanations, their projected SAT score, and feedback on their readiness for 20+ AP® courses.*They will also connect to resources that allow them to search for colleges and explore majors and careers.

  • Provides entry into scholarship programs:The PSAT/NMSQT provides entry into the National Merit® Scholarship Program conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corporation and increased access to other scholarship and recognition programs.

 
For more information about the SAT Suite of Assessments, visit collegeboard.org/sat-suite.