PSAT: What’s it for if it doesn’t count for admissions?
What is the PSAT?
The Preliminary SAT that tests, math (very minimally up to Algebra 2), critical reading, vocabulary, and grammar. The test is 2 hours and 10 minutes long.
Why is the PSAT important?
The PSAT is a way of gaging how you will do on the SAT. It is mere practice and does not count for admissions into colleges. The College Board will even give you feedback on what you should work on for the SAT.
Why should you take the PSAT?
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation. By taking the PSAT as an 11th grader, you are entered into a scholarship competition with other students around the country taking the PSAT for 9,200 scholarships. To receive scholarships you have to score high on the PSAT, have high academic performance, and take the SAT and get scores that match up with your PSAT score. The scholarships offered are private or from colleges themselves.
What is NMSQT?
National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
How should you prepare?
There is a practice booklet within the PSAT packet you bought and there are tips on how to approach PSAT questions. Also there is online practice at: http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/psat/prep.html