Who: The test is open mainly to Juniors. You may also take the test as a Sophomore if you wish, but only Juniors will be considered for the National Merit Scholarship Program. If you are in the top half of your class, you should consider signing up to take the PSAT.
What: Similarly to the ACT, the PSAT measures what you learned in high school and what you will need to succeed in college. The PSAT measures your strengths in reading, writing, language, and math. It is sponsored by the College Board and the National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSP), a highly competitive scholarship program.
Where: The test is administered at high schools during the school day.
When: Each year there is one primary testing date in mid-October.
Why: The PSAT is the qualifying exam for the National Merit Scholarship program and increases your access to other scholarship programs. You will also have access to an interactive score report that will help you understand your scores.
Juniors will be notified when they can sign up to take the test at Sauk Centre towards the beginning of the school year. The test cost $18.