What is the PSAT/10 and PSAT/NMSQT?
The PSAT/10 and PSAT/NMSQT are practice SAT exams. They both have the same sections as the SAT: Reading, Writing, and Math. The scores on the PSAT/10 and PSAT/NMSQT range from 320-1520.
What is the difference between the PSAT/10 and the PSAT/NMSQT?
The PSAT/10 and PSAT/NMSQT are essentially the same as far as content, difficulty, and time allowed. The differences are when the test is administered and the purpose of the results.
The PSAT/10 is administered in 10th grade. The results allow students to identify strengths that can help them decide if Advanced Placement or Dual Credit classes are appropriate. It can also identify weaknesses allowing time to improve certain subject areas.
The PSAT/NMSQT stands for PSAT National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. This test is given to students in the fall of their junior year. It allows students to qualify for the National Merit® Scholarship Program. These scores are used for scholarship purposes. They are not sent to any colleges and cannot be used for college admissions. Even if your student does not qualify for National Merit, the PSAT/NMSQT can help gauge college readiness, and it is a great way to practice for the SAT.
How do I access my scores?
Log on to your College Board account at www.collegeboard.org.
How do I know if I am a candidate for the National Merit® Scholarship?
Each student receives a PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index. The selection index is calculated by adding the section subscores of the reading, writing, and math together (scores range from 8-38). Then, multiply the sum by two.
Students with the top selection index in the state may qualify for The National Merit® Scholarship Program. High schools notify semifinalists in early September. Semifinalists must complete several requirements to become a finalist including an application, writing an essay, and maintaining high grades. Based on historical data, Texas semifinalists are usually in the 219-223 selection index range.
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