THE PSAT IS COMING UP. YOU CAN SIGN UP TO TAKE THE TEST BY BRINGING $14.00 TO
THE GUIDANCE OFFICE BY FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH. THE TEST WILL BE OFFERED HERE
AT BAHS ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20TH.
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION TO FIND OUT IF THIS IS A TEST YOU NEED
The PSAT/NMSQT stands for Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (or Pre
SAT)/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. This test is a shortened
form of the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) and can be used as a practice test
for the SAT, which is used as a college entrance exam. The PSAT is also used
as the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship. Only Juniors are
considered for this scholarship, however it is also a good idea for
Sophomores to take the PSAT as well IF they meet the following criteria:
WHO SHOULD TAKE THE PSAT/NMSQT?
-Any junior who will be taking the SAT in the spring of their junior year for
college entrance requirements
-Any sophomore (or even younger students if they meet the criteria) who has
attained the following math background:
Algebra I and Algebra II in addition to a solid background in Geometry.
Current Geometry A students should sign up for the PSAT.
Any sophomore in advanced math beyond Geometry A should sign up for the PSAT.
Students in Geometry B may consider taking the PSAT, however they likely do
not have the Geometry skills that will be tested in the PSAT.
The PSAT/NMSQT measures:
Critical reading skills
Math problem-solving skills
You have developed these skills over many years, both in and out of school.
This test doesn't require you to recall specific facts from your classes.
The most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are to:
Receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for
college study. You can then focus your preparation on those areas that could
most benefit from additional study or practice.
See how your performance on an admissions test might compare with that of
others applying to college.
Enter the competition for scholarships from NMSC (grade 11).
Help prepare for the SAT. You can become familiar with the kinds of questions
and the exact directions you will see on the SAT.
Receive information from colleges when you check "yes" to Student Search