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What is the PSAT/NMSQT?

The PSAT/NMSQT will be administered in school to all 9, 10 and 11 grade Saint Joseph High School students on Wednesday October 10, 2018.

The PSAT/NMSQT® measures reading, writing and language, and math skills developed over many years, both in and out of school. Students will not be asked to recall facts from literature, history, or science, or to complete math formulas, because this test measures reasoning and critical thinking skills.

Why is the PSAT/NMSQT® Important? 

  • The PSAT/NMSQT® gives students the opportunity to practice taking a standardized test similar to the SAT.
  • Test results give information about how scores compare to other high school students who are taking the test.
  • The PSAT/NMSQT® also provides information about interests and abilities, and what type of college majors might appeal to the student.
  • The PSAT/NMSQT® will provide information about the student (but not scores) to colleges and universities around the country that match interests and they will begin sending information in the mail.
  • If students are a junior, their performance on the PSAT/NMSQT® may qualify for a National Merit Scholarship. Almost all high school students qualify for consideration for this prestigious award, but only students who perform very well on the PSAT/NMSQT® may actually receive it.
  • Students will be able to see your scores online and learn more about what they mean at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/scores
  • Students will be able to receive free, personalized, and focused practice through Khan Academy® 
  • Students will be able to understand which AP® courses they might be ready.

How is the current PSAT/NMSQT® different from the previous PSAT?

  • It is aligned to the new SAT beginning in March 2016
  • Testing time is now 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Personalized SAT® practice through Khan Academy® is available with SAT/NMQST scores
  • There is no penalty for guessing or blank responses also known as “rights-only scoring”
  • Scale ranges for the scores are now 320 – 1520 for the total score

For more information, please go to https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/

 

Understanding your PSAT/NMSQT Scores

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/scores/student-score-reports​​​​​​​

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More information on the Khan Academy

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/practice/khan-academy

 

An in-depth PowerPoint slide show on an introduction to the PSAT and Khan Academy is attached below. 


 



The links below will provide you with more information.