SCASD PSAT Exam - October 16, 2019
Please look for an informational email in early October with more details about the exams.
2019 PSAT INFORMATION
All 9th graders will take the PSAT 8/9 Exam at no cost.
All 10th & 11th graders will take the PSAT/NMSQT Exam at no cost.
Test Date: 10/16/19
Time: 8:40 am - beginning of school day (no late start)
Where: State College Area High School
Must bring test day:
- School/Picture ID
- #2 Pencils
- Calculator (scientific or graphing calculator)
CELL PHONES, SMART WATCHES AND ALL ELECTRONIC DEVICES ARE PROHIBITED
PSAT Practice booklets are available in both Counseling Offices
Preliminary SAT /National Merit Scholarship Qualifying TestThe PSAT/NMSQT is administered only in October. Juniors considering college are encouraged to take this test as a practice for the SAT. Sophomores also may take this test as SAT preparation. The score report shows correct and incorrect answers, question by question, offers valuable feedback on strengths and weaknesses, and gives advice regarding how students can improve their SAT scores.
PSAT scores enable you to do the following:1. See correct answers and explanations2. Get a personalized SAT study plan3. Search for colleges4. Explore majors and careers5. Learn about scholarship programs6. Take a personality test7. Learn about their AP course/exam potentialStudents attempting to qualify for National Merit status MUST take this test the year before they graduate. For most students, this is junior year.
A student who does not take the PSAT/NMSQT because of illness, an emergency, or other extenuating circumstance, but meets all other requirements for NMSC program participation, may still be able to enter the competition. The student or a school official must write to NMSC as soon as possible after the PSAT/NMSQT administration to request information about procedures for alternate entry to the National Merit Scholarship Program. To be considered, a request must be postmarked no later than April 1 following the PSAT/NMSQT administration that was missed. The alternate entry request should include the name and address of the student; the contact information of the person making the request; the name and address of the student's high school; and a brief explanation of why the student missed the PSAT/NMSQT.
The earlier NMSC receives the written request, the greater the student's opportunities for meeting alternate entry requirements. Upon receiving and processing the request, NMSC will provide alternate entry materials, including instructions for program entry and a form that requires the signature of a school official.Go to the PSAT Website to learn more.
Compass Education Group has provided additional resources that can help with accessing, interpreting, and utilizing PSAT scores.
Please click this link: Understanding your PSAT score