The PSAT: Take it to compete for scholarships!
The Preliminary SAT (PSAT) is an exam that assesses problem-solving skills and and subject matter learned in critical reading, math and writing. An official test of the College Board, this exam helps students by providing firsthand practice for the SAT®. Taking the PSAT can help with SAT scores and financial aid. Any student who is serious about earning an outstanding SAT scores should take this test that can be a student’s entryway into the world of scholarship awards and national academic recognition. Juniors must take this test to enter the National Merit Scholarship Corporation program–even if they took it during their sophomore year. The PSAT date is Wednesday, October 19, 2016.
There are two appreciable benefits of taking the PSAT.
1. The PSAT Score Report provides very detailed and meaningful feedback about a student’s strengths and weaknesses in the skills tested. This information matters significantly in that it shows where the student needs to focus as he/she prepares for the SAT. It’s ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT that juniors (whose scores count for National Merit Scholarship competition) be prepared for it!
2. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) uses the test as an initial screen of candidates for the National Merit® Scholarship Program, an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. Students must take the PSAT in their junior year in order to qualify for competition in the NMSP. According to the PSAT Official Student Guide, “Some 7,400 National Merit Scholarships of three types and approximately 1,200 Special Scholarships will be awarded in 2017; these 8,600 awards will have a combined value of more than $43 million.“