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Academic & College Counseling Corner » PSAT 2020-2021

PSAT 2020-2021

PSAT/NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) For 11th Grade.

Although tentative at this time due to the fluidity of the pandemic, we have scheduled the PSAT/NMSQT® (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) for our students in grade 11 for January 26, 2021.  The PSAT/NMSQT® is an important test that provides many benefits that can help students along their paths to college.

In addition, students receive free college planning tools to help them start their college search and feedback on the types of AP courses for which they may be particularly well-prepared. Taking these college-level classes can help students earn college credit while still in high school and provide them with a competitive advantage in the college admission process. For our juniors, the PSAT/NMSQT offers consideration for college scholarships, as well as personalized feedback on their performance before taking the SAT.

Practice Test and Resources.

PSAT for 9th and 10th Grade 

Due to CoVid-19, we are not able to administer the PSAT to our grade 9 and grade 10 students on campus this fall. We are tentatively working on a testing option in the spring, which may depend on school limitations and health regulations. During the school year we will offer free practice SAT and ACT administrations through Revolution Prep. These tests will be administered virtually and will be advertised in the Daily bulletin and weekly newsletter.
 
Resources for 9th and 10th grade students:
 

PSAT RESULTS

Students received a hard copy of their PSAT 1/10/19. If your student wasn’t able to pick it up, please have them see their counselor as soon as possible.

 

Now What?

Revolution Prep kindly presented a short conversation about the PSAT…at the bottom of this page they have a few resources, ACT vs SAT How They Stack Up.

 

Also below is a breakdown of the PSAT provided by college board to give you a clearer understanding about what the numbers mean and what the student needs to work on to improve for the actual SAT.

 

Here are a few tips for the

JUNIORS:

  • Calendar your test dates (take it at least one time in the spring before the end of junior year)
  • SAT: March or May                               AP Tests are in May
  • ACT: February or April                            Finals are in June
  • Research nearby locations to take the test (we are not a testing site)
  • Create a collegeboard or ACT account (remember your username and passwords…there is a whole summer in there; enough time to forget!)
  • Register for tests early
  • Take a practice test (practicing reduces anxiety and allows for strong preparation; we offer them fall and spring!)
  • Explore test prep options: Khan Academy, Revolution Prep, Kaplan

 

SOPHOMORES:

  • Identify which sections need more work
  • Practice answering test questions (Khan Academy, College Board, etc have practice test ?s)
  • Take a practice SAT or ACT when offered (we offer them in the spring)
  • Gain better understanding of NMSQT before you take the next PSAT

 

FRESHMEN:

  • Don’t panic (it’s your first test!)
  • Identify specific questions that caused trouble and work on those types of questions
  • Each year try to improve your score