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3 ways the PSAT will help your college admission chances
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Posted: 2016-12-14

by Lulu Curiel

Most students know that it’s important to take the SAT during their junior year of high school, but are there additional benefits to taking the PSAT/NMSQT?

What Is the PSAT/NMSQT?

The Preliminary SAT (PSAT), also known as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT), is a practice test high school students can take in preparation for the SAT. The exam covers the same material as the SAT, but in a way that speaks to a student’s individual grade level.

While PSAT/NMSQT scores won’t directly influence admission decisions, there are three important benefits to taking the practice test.

Access to scholarships

Taking the PSAT/NMSQT will fulfill one component you need to qualify for scholarships through the National Merit® Scholarship Program, and will also connects you with other scholarship partners. On the day you take the PSAT, when you’re asked if you’d like to participate in the Student Search Service®, you want to be sure to say “yes”. The Student Search Service® is a free service that helps millions of students receive valuable information from colleges and nonprofit scholarship organizations. By opting in to this service, you are authorizing The College Board permission to share your name and limited information with colleges and scholarship programs looking for students just like you.

RELATED: Which standardized test should you take - The ACT or SAT?

Recommendation for AP courses

Advanced Placement (AP) courses are college-level courses intended for students who have already completed secondary coursework or who show motivation to complete college coursework during their high school studies. In order to be placed in AP courses, a student must be recommended by a teacher, self-nominate themselves, previously participated in relevant courses or provide scores on achievement tests.

A student’s performance on the PSAT/NMSQT can help schools identify students who may not have been initially considered for an AP course through a teacher, self-nomination or other local procedures.

Practice for the SAT

The PSAT in itself is a practice test of the SAT. By taking the PSAT, you will have free access to The Collage Board’s "My College Quickstart", which gives you countless resources to help you improve your readiness for the SAT. In addition, The College Board provides you with a customized study plan based on your PSAT performance. It has been said that taking the PSAT more than once has helped students score higher on subsequent tests and also helped students feel more confident and relaxed when taking the SAT and ACT.

The SAT is obviously an important test to prepare and practice for, but the often overlooked PSAT is a crucial stepping-stone for anyone seeking scholarships, hoping to take AP courses, or wanting to become familiar with the test taking processes of the SAT.

For personalized learning plan that best fits your studying style and needs, Ivy Advisors provides SAT and ACT test preparation. Led by world-class instructors, we guide people to maximize their learning potential. Click here to work with our tutors to formulate a unique learning plan that best suits your needs.

RELATED: How to earn college credit without ever setting foot on campus

Most students know that it’s important to take the SAT during their junior year of high school, but are there additional benefits to taking the PSAT/NMSQT?

What Is the PSAT/NMSQT?

The Preliminary SAT (PSAT), also known as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT), is a practice test high school students can take in preparation for the SAT. The exam covers the same material as the SAT, but in a way that speaks to a student’s individual grade level.

While PSAT/NMSQT scores won’t directly influence admission decisions, there are three important benefits to taking the practice test.

Access to scholarships

Taking the PSAT/NMSQT will fulfill one component you need to qualify for scholarships through the National Merit® Scholarship Program, and will also connects you with other scholarship partners. On the day you take the PSAT, when you’re asked if you’d like to participate in the Student Search Service®, you want to be sure to say “yes”. The Student Search Service® is a free service that helps millions of students receive valuable information from colleges and nonprofit scholarship organizations. By opting in to this service, you are authorizing The College Board permission to share your name and limited information with colleges and scholarship programs looking for students just like you.

RELATED: Which standardized test should you take - The ACT or SAT?

Recommendation for AP courses

Advanced Placement (AP) courses are college-level courses intended for students who have already completed secondary coursework or who show motivation to complete college coursework during their high school studies. In order to be placed in AP courses, a student must be recommended by a teacher, self-nominate themselves, previously participated in relevant courses or provide scores on achievement tests.

A student’s performance on the PSAT/NMSQT can help schools identify students who may not have been initially considered for an AP course through a teacher, self-nomination or other local procedures.

Practice for the SAT

The PSAT in itself is a practice test of the SAT. By taking the PSAT, you will have free access to The Collage Board’s "My College Quickstart", which gives you countless resources to help you improve your readiness for the SAT. In addition, The College Board provides you with a customized study plan based on your PSAT performance. It has been said that taking the PSAT more than once has helped students score higher on subsequent tests and also helped students feel more confident and relaxed when taking the SAT and ACT.

The SAT is obviously an important test to prepare and practice for, but the often overlooked PSAT is a crucial stepping-stone for anyone seeking scholarships, hoping to take AP courses, or wanting to become familiar with the test taking processes of the SAT.

For personalized learning plan that best fits your studying style and needs, Ivy Advisors provides SAT and ACT test preparation. Led by world-class instructors, we guide people to maximize their learning potential. Click here to work with our tutors to formulate a unique learning plan that best suits your needs.

RELATED: How to earn college credit without ever setting foot on campus

 

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