PSAT 8/9 and PSAT/NMSQT
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Part of the Operation College Bound initiative is to administer the PSAT 8/9 to all eight graders and the PSAT/NMSQT exam to all 10th grade students enrolled in our district at no cost to the student. Any other student interested in taking the PSAT is encouraged to contact their counselor for testing dates and registration procedures. Home school students are also encouraged to contact their nearest campus for PSAT/NMSQT testing information.
The PSAT 8/9 is the first test in the SAT Suite of Assessments. It sets a readiness baseline, allowing students and teachers to pinpoint areas for focused practice as students progress through high school.
The PSAT 8/9 tests the same skills and knowledge as the SAT, and the PSAT/NMSQT—in a way that makes sense for eighth. It measures what they’re already learning, shows them whether they’re on track for college, and lets them know where they need the most improvement. That means students have time to tackle these areas long before they take the SAT.
The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) is a vital step for students to reach college goals. It measures the reading, writing, language, and math skills students need for college and a career.
PSAT/NMSQT is a standardized assessment program that provides practice for the SAT, measure college readiness, and provides students with tools to plan for college. Participation in the PSAT/NMSQT allows students to receive information from the colleges they choose and be considered for the National Merit Scholarship program as 11th grade students.
Students receive an interactive score report with answer explanations and their projected SAT score. They also receive resources that allow them to search for colleges and explore majors and careers.
Students get free SAT® practice powered by Khan Academy. After receiving their PSAT/NMSQT scores, they will receive a unique SAT study plan based on their performance. Khan Academy practice can also be used to prepare for the PSAT/NMSQT® because of the close alignment of the tests (khanacademy.org/sat).
Over 3.8 million students are already proving their skills and expanding their futures with the PSAT/NMSQT. Early in the fall, your child should:
- Talk to his or her school counselor about signing up for the test.
- Visit khanacademy.org/sat to start practicing for the PSAT/NMSQT and SAT.
- Ask his or her school counselor for a copy of the Official Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT, which contains a full-length practice test. This practice test can also be found online at collegeboard.org/psatpractice.
- For additional information you can also visit https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10.