It’s PSAT testing season! If you’re the parent or teacher of high school students, you may have heard this acronym without fully understand what it means. Here’s a quick primer on the PSAT along with some resources to help students prepare for the test.
What is the PSAT?
The PSAT is a standardized test offered to high school sophomores and juniors.
Why should my student(s) take the PSAT?
The PSAT offers two primary benefits:
- It is an opportunity to experience a standardized test similar to the SAT
- It is the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship Program (juniors only)
By taking the PSAT, students gain practice on key college admission test formats and as juniors have the chance to earn the prestigious title of National Merit Scholar along with a scholarship.
When is the PSAT?
In 2018, the primary testing date for the PSAT is October 10.
I want my student(s) to take the PSAT! How can I sign up?
Check with your school. Many schools either offer or require the PSAT for 10th and/ or 11th graders, and some cover the cost!
What resources can my student(s) use to prepare for the PSAT?
There are a number of online resources that your student can use to prepare for the PSAT, whether you are a parent searching for study tools or a teachers looking for ways to incorporate PSAT prep in your classroom.
The College Board offers a list of PSAT resources here.
[Recommended] Khan Academy offers closely aligned PSAT practice resources here. Khan Academy is a direct partner of The College Board and their resources are free to students and families.
Varsity Tutors offers additional practice tests here.