The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) will be given at Burnsville High Senior Campus School on Wednesday, October 15. The test serves as a practice SAT, which is a college admissions test, and as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT). The test will begin at 8:00 a.m. with a 7:30 a.m. sign-in. Registrations and sign-ups for the test will begin on Monday, September 15. This is a test normally taken by juniors, but sophomores who are interested in taking the test may do so.
Students can sign up in the guidance office before and after school. Registrations will be taken until Thursday, October 9. The cost for this year’s test is $25. Students need to bring checks made out to Burnsville High School when registering. Please contact your student’s guidance counselor if you have any questions.
What is the PSAT and why is it important?
The PSAT is a nationwide, multiple-choice test taken by about 3.4 million high school students every year–mostly sophomores and juniors. A great primer for the SAT®and even the ACT®, the PSAT includes math, critical reading and writing questions. However, with no algebra II or essay section, it is shorter than the SAT and ACT.
The PSAT doesn't count towards your college admissions. However, it is the qualifying test for National Merit Scholarships. That means that the highest scoring students may win scholarship money. So while you shouldn't stress about the PSAT, you also shouldn't ignore it.
What specifically does the PSAT test?
Similar to the SAT, the PSAT has three sections that cover Math, Critical Reading, and Writing. However, it is shorter than the SAT taking (a mere) 2 hours and 10 minutes.
From The Princeton Review