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PSAT/NMSQT PSAT – Preliminary SAT NMSQT - National Merit Scholar Qualifying Test
National Merit Scholarship Corporation Also called the NMSC: sponsors the PSAT NMSC uses the PSAT as an initial screening for JUNIORS who enter NMSC programs Your PSAT also determines whether you are eligible for NMSC honors If you have questions regarding National Merit go to: www.nationalmerit.orgwww.nationalmerit.org
Why do I need to take the PSAT/NMSQT? To get feedback on your strengths and weaknesses of scholastic skills. To enter the competition for scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) To prepare for the SAT. To receive information from colleges by checking "yes" to Student Search Service.Student Search Service
Who should take the test? Freshman, sophomores and juniors should take the PSAT/NMSQT. Sophomores Receive personalized feedback on academic skills relating to college success. Junior Enter into competitions for the scholarship programs conducted by NMSC and to prepare for the SAT.
PSAT TEST DATE When:Saturday, October 15, 2011 Where:Mission Bay High School Time:8:00 -11:30 a.m.
What is on the PSAT/NMSQT? Critical Reading: Tests vocabulary, main idea, fact vs. opinion, and more Split into two 25-minute sections Contains 48 questions total 13 Sentence Completions and 35 Passage- Based Reading Critical Reading: 13 Sentence Completions Do Sentence Completion first. These are the easiest questions in Critical Reading and require less time than the passage-based reading questions.
What is on the PSAT/NMSQT? Mathematics: Tests basic arithmetic, algebra and geometry Split into two 25-minute sections Contains 39 questions total 28 multiple choice including 10 that require you to form a response (called grid-ins) Mathematics: Do Multiple-Choice Math Questions first. Because these math questions actually have choices, these are the easiest ones to answer and require less time than the grid-ins.
What is on the PSAT/NMSQT? Writing: Tests grammar, mechanics, and word choice Has one 30-minute section Contains 39 questions total 39 questions including identifying sentence errors, improving sentences, and improving paragraphs. Writing: Identifying Sentence Errors first. Because they are shorter, these are the easiest questions on the Writing Skills section and require less time than the other two types.
Reminders This is the only test date this year, so make sure to attend. YOU MUST BRING a #2 pencil and a scientific or graphing calculator. (Calculator will not be available on test day.)*Points deducted for incorrect answers but there is no deduction for questions left blank *You may use a calculator on the exam (Four function, Scientific, and Graphing. No cell phone calculators) *For practice questions go to: http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/psat/pr ep.html
Access Your Score Online www.collegeboard.com/psatextra www.collegeboard.com/psatextra FREE access to explanations for answers to every question on the PSAT Access to the My Road: tool to used to explore career & college
Register for PSAT Register in Counseling Office Fees: JUNIORS – FREE FRESHMAN & SOPHMORES $18 $5 if you are on free or reduce lunch Deadline to Register FRIDAY, September 23, 2011
PSAT TEST DATE When:Saturday, October 15, 2011 Where:Mission Bay High School Time:8:00 -11:30 a.m. Deadline to Register FRIDAY, September 23, 2011