Just like the SAT, the PSAT is a college admission assessment that is overseen by the College Board, and the test aligns with the homeschool examination requirement of most states. It covers reading, writing, and math, but has no essay. Available only during October at state public and private high schools, I recommend you call the school in June to make sure that your student has the ability to take the test there.
The PSAT is a relatively inexpensive test in contrast to most annual evaluations, currently costing $14. Each section of the assessment has a score anywhere between 20 and 80, which is very similar to the SAT score of 200-800. If you want to have an idea of how your student will do on the SAT, just take their PSAT score and add a 0. When it comes to the PSAT, 80 + 80 + 80 is a flawless score, while the average is somewhere around 50. In addition to being a practice for the SAT, the PSAT can guide you to search for a university, point out some career ideas that your son or daughter might not have taken into account, and can generate scholarships.
Practice makes perfect with pretty much anything, and the more acquainted you are with the test; the more likely you are to score well on it. Sometimes individuals take the test in 10th grade as well as in 11th grade, which is a fantastic choice. However, test scores only count towards scholarship grants when completed while in the 11th grade. Some people say that a pupil should take the test in 9th grade because it's a affordable assessment test, which is legitimate. But the test also consists of algebra, geometry and a bit of Algebra 2. It's likely that if a 9th grade student took this assessment, they would not score very good, which could perhaps stress out a child, especially those who are accustomed to getting 100% on their exams.
The NMSQT stands for the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. If your child scores very well, they could perhaps get awards or scholarships. They may be a commended student, a semi-finalist, or a finalist based on their scores. Becoming a finalist is not currently based primarily on test scores. The other part of the process includes a long application and several papers. While earning the award (or possibly becoming a commended or semi-finalist scholar) will likely increase your financial aid at a targeted college--in some cases even secure you a full tuition scholarship-- the NMSQT award itself is only $2500.
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