What is the PSAT

Although there are different types of PSATs, the gist of the tests is that they are shorter, easier versions of the SAT. When people talk about the PSAT, they usually refer to the PSAT/NMSQT that high schools provide to their 11th grade students. This is cosponsored by College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) and is the one through which high-scoring students receive national recognition–National Merit. The other PSATs are categorized by when a student can take them. The PSAT 8/9 is taken during 8th grade and 9th grade. The PSAT 10 is taken in (you guessed it) 10th grade. They’re all a precursor to the SAT.

Why take the PSAT

The PSAT/NMSQT can offer a $2500 scholarship if the student does well. Select colleges even offer National Merit students partial scholarships or a full-ride.

It is good practice for the SAT test students will take in their sophomore or junior year.

Most high schools make it mandatory for their 11th graders to take the PSAT/NMSQT.

Should my child study for the PSAT?

It’s not a question of whether your child will take the PSAT since most questions make it mandatory. The real question is should your child study for it. Vanguard’s philosophy is to not work harder, but work smarter. We can ensure you make the correct decision.

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