WHAT IS IT?
The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a standardized test administered by the College Board and cosponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) in the United States. Approximately 3.5 million students take the PSAT/NMSQT each year.
WHY TAKE IT?
The PSAT is a nice introduction to the SAT as the questions are of a similar nature. So, in a sense, it is good practice before the SAT (the SAT is another standardized test often required by U.S. colleges). By the taking the PSAT, you also gets a preliminary sense of how you might do on an SAT test based on your PSAT performance. It is important to note that COLLEGES CANNOT SEE PSAT SCORES.
If you are a junior and a U.S. citizen, you may be able to become a National Merit Scholar due to your performance on the PSAT.
WHEN IS IT?
We offer the PSAT every October to our sophomores (Grade 10) and juniors (Grade 11) at International School Manila.
HOW CAN I SIGN UP?
We charge a small fee for administering the test and you’ll need to register with the cashier down in our business office. Registration will begin at the beginning of the school year. Only ISM students may register for this test.
WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION?
For more information on the PSAT, please go here.
TEST PREPARATION AND RESOURCES
While it is absolutely NOT NECESSARY to “study” for the PSAT, there are a number of resources out there to help a student with both the PSAT and SAT. See the list below for a few possible resources.
If you have any questions regarding standardize testing and if/when you should prepare, please see your high school counselor.
Khan Academy (please see here)
Test Rocker (please see here)
Method Test Prep (please see here)
The ISM Tutor List
Have a look at our tutor list below. There are some tutors that may offer standardized preparation services.
In addition, there is an endless array of free resouces (including full PSAT tests) on the Internet.