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What is the PSAT?

The PSAT/NMSQT (or Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) is a preliminary version of the SAT.

The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a standardized test administered by the College Board and cosponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) in the United States. Approximately 3.5 million students take the PSAT/NMSQT each year. In 2013, 1.59 million high school sophomores and 1.55 million high school juniors took the PSAT.

The PSAT won't count towards your college admissions applications, but it is the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship. This means that some of the highest scoring students may win scholarship money, so while you shouldn't stress out about the PSAT, you certainly shouldn't ignore it either. Instead, use the PSAT as both practice for the SAT and ACT and one of the starting points on your college admissions journey.

While the PSAT is not an exact replica of the SAT, it serves as an excellent introduction to the test because questions are similar. In the fall of 2015, students will take a redesigned PSAT. The new test will be aligned with the redesigned SAT debuting in 2016. It will include three tests: 1) Reading, 2) Writing and Language, and 3) Mathematics. The new PSAT is still shorter than the SAT, clocking in at two hours and 45 minutes.

How the test is structured

Take a full-length practice test, explore sample questions, and visit Khan Academy. Go to Practice for the PSAT 10.

Who typically takes the PSAT?

Students in 10th and 11th grade can take the new PSAT/NMSQT. 

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Limited Seating

The PSAT is pre-ordered based on the number of students who took it the previous year, so BHS has a limited number of seats available.  If we fill up, we can take students on a first come \ first served basis on the morning of the test.  Parents may wish to check with other high schools who offer the test to see if space is available as well.

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Registration Link

Registration will open on September 6.  The cost will be $25.

Click here to register for this Fall's PSAT