28 Aug Top 5 Things Every Student (and Parent) Needs to Know About the PSAT
- Most students take the PSAT as sophomores or juniors
There are nearly 3.5 million high schoolers who take the PSAT every year—a major milestone on the road to college. The PSAT is targeted to high academic achievers who are on their way to postsecondary success. Most students take the PSAT in either 10th or 11th grade, but some students take it as early as 8th grade.
- It’s not just a practice test
For eighth graders, freshmen, and sophomores, the PSAT is just a practice test. But most don’t know that for juniors, the PSAT is also the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship Program—one of the most exciting (and prestigious) honors a high schooler can earn. For juniors, high scores on the PSAT can lead to National Merit Recognition and subsequent scholarships. At Class 101, we’re proud to have helped over 200 juniors receive National Merit scholarships—and your student could be next!
- The PSAT is the only way students can be awarded a National Merit scholarship
Providing over $40 million in scholarships each year, National Merit awards range from one-time $2,500 scholarships to corporate- or college-sponsored scholarships at full-tuition. This means your student could earn thousands of dollars in scholarships!
- It only happens once a year!
The primary nationwide test day is Wednesday, October 14. However, in response to COVID, the College Board is offering some flexibility with administration test dates also being offered on Saturday, October 17 and Thursday, October 29. Students will want to work with their school directly to determine which day they will take the test.
Students can register for and take the PSAT at their own high school. If their school doesn’t offer it, they may need to take it at a nearby school. The College Board’s school search tool is a great way to check out which schools in your area administer it.
- Preparation is key
In the world of standardized tests, taking small steps early on can add up to big scores. And with the PSAT being predictable, mastering a strategy for acing the questions is more than possible. Learning the test format in advance will pay off. Class 101 has a comprehensive PSAT prep course designed for students to quickly master all PSAT exam topics.
Sign your student up for Class 101’s PSAT Test Prep Course today to not only sharpen their test-taking skills—but to help them gain the confidence needed to stay calm and collected. From short video lessons to interactive practice quizzes, when October 14 national test day arrives, your student will be confident and well-equipped to earn the highest score possible.
Ready to make test day the best day? Register for our PSAT Prep Course by calling 859.277.2371 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.