Why Take the PSAT?
- Practice for the real SAT: The reading, math, and writing sections of the PSAT and the SAT are similar. Your child’s PSAT scores will break down specific strengths and weaknesses in each section of the test. With this information, your super busy teenager can effectively prepare for the SAT.
- Yes — many colleges and universities are test-optional when admitting applicants; however, they still consider SAT and ACT scores when choosing scholarship recipients. Remember, a student’s college will likely be his or her greatest source of scholarships.
Attract colleges and universities: Colleges pursue students with high PSAT scores like credit card companies pursue consumers with high credit scores. In hopes of attracting scholars, colleges entice them with scholarships.
Compete for a non-need-based full ride to college: Check with your child’s high school counselor to ensure that your student can take the PSAT in the ninth, tenth, and eleventh grades. While the ninth and tenth grade exams are just for practice, eleventh grade is when the test counts for scholarships.
- All high school juniors compete for National Merit Scholar Awards. Furthermore, high-scoring students of African heritage compete for National Achievement Awards.