Saturday, October 14
South River High School
No refunds for students who paid but fail to attend the test session
No make up testing sessions
National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT)
The Preliminary SAT®/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT Reasoning Test™ and is co-sponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).
The PSAT/NMSQT is designed to measure critical reading, math problem solving, and writing skills which are important to student success in college. In addition, information derived from PSAT scores also provides students with feedback on where their strengths and weaknesses may be in skills needed for college level work which helps students to focus preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice:
- information on how their performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college;
- data needed to participate in the competition for scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (additional information is provided below);
- an opportunity to prepare for the SAT. The PSAT uses the kinds of questions and the exact directions found on the SAT Reasoning Test™;
- and a way to receive information directly from colleges (when the “yes” box is checked for the Student Search Service).
National Merit Scholarship Program
The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school Juniors enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) –a test which serves as an initial screening of approximately 1.4 million entrants each year – and by meeting published program entry/participation requirements.
To participate in the National Merit® Scholarship Program, a student must take the PSAT/NMSQT® in the third year of high school, regardless of grade classification or educational pattern, be enrolled full-time as a high school student, progressing normally toward graduation or completion of high school, and planning to enroll full time in college no later than the fall following completion of high school, and be a citizen of the United States or be a U.S. lawful permanent resident (or have applied for permanent residence, the application for which has not been denied) and intend to become a U.S. citizen at the earliest opportunity allowed by law.
The student’s responses to items on the PSAT/NMSQT answer sheet that are specific to NMSC program entry determine whether the individual meets requirements to participate in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
For more information on the PSAT, visit: www.collegeboard.org