What - The PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) is a program co-sponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation. For many students, the PSAT/NMSQT is the first official step on the road to college. It assesses skills developed through years of study in a wide range of courses as well as through experiences outside the classroom. The PSAT/NMSQT measures critical reading skills, math problem-solving skills and writing skills and provides a predictive score for the SAT, which students will take during their junior year.
When and Where - 9th and 10th graders in many years take the PSAT during spring testing at LHS. This schedule has varied from year-to-year. Students who have taken the PSAT can access their score by creating an account at www.collegeboard.org.
Why - The most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are to receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study, focus your preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice, and see how your performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college. Students can also enter the competition for scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. For this purpose, students must register for a national test date during the fall of their junior year. Information is available each fall from the high school regarding registration for this exam for juniors.
How - Register for the PSAT/NMSQT by signing up in the Student Service Center. Information regarding registration will be available through school announcements, email, and newsletter each year. Again, 9th and 10th grade students often take the PSAT as a part of spring testing at LHS.