PSAT stands for Preliminary SAT. Students who only plan on taking the ACT sometimes wonder if they should take the PSAT. The answer is YES! Not only does taking the PSAT give students practice on taking a standardized college entrance test, but the scores are used to enter the National Merit Scholarship Program. It also gives you access to college and career planning tools.
From the College Board website:
The PSAT/NMSQT measures:
- Critical reading skills
- Math problem-solving skills
- Writing skills
The most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are to:
- Receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. You can then focus your preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice.
- See how your performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college.
- Enter the competition for scholarships from NMSC (grade 11).
- Help prepare for the SAT. You can become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions you will see on the SAT.
- Receive information from colleges when you check “yes” to Student Search Service.