Updated: Oct 6, 2020
Many students and parents do not realize the importance of the PSAT/NMSQT and might therefore push-off test prep until after the PSAT. However, taking the PSAT and doing well has significant benefits for certain students:
The National Merit Scholarship Program which is open to all PSAT-takers
National Achievement Scholarship Program for Black American High School students
National Hispanic Recognition Program, which recognizes outstanding Hispanic/Latino students
Students with aspirations of being an early recruited athlete should plan to prep for the SAT or ACT. Doing well on your PSAT assures coaches that you have your testing under control.
Prospective Service Academy Candidates
Acceptance is a 60/20/20 effort, with 60 % being academics.
The academies are looking for a good composite on the ACT/SATs, which students should start taking in their junior year.
If students take the PSAT in the junior year and do well, they will be on the Academy’s radar.
The College Board offers schools the option to schedule the PSAT either October 14 or January 26, 2021. Students should contact their high school guidance office to ensure they are aware of the test date and registered (if registration is part of the school's processes.) January 26, 2021 is still a qualifying test for the NMSQT, so benefits students who are already posting strong practice scores and have more time to prepare.
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