PSAT and SAT
The PSAT 8/9, PSAT/NMSQT, and SAT are standardized tests administered by the College Board to assess reading, math, and writing skills. The test gives students a chance to practice for the SAT. Taking the SAT is required for freshman entry into many universities.
All district students in eighth through 11th-grade take the PSAT for free. The SAT is administered to students in grade 11 for free.
The PSAT and SAT tests are designed to:
measure college and career readiness
have a strong connection to classroom learning
inspire productive practice
The PSAT 8/9 helps students plan for high school. Test results can be used to identify potential students for Pre-AP and AP classes and could help them qualify for magnet programs.
The PSAT/NMSQT is used to determine eligibility and qualification for the National Merit Scholarship Program.
Benefits of taking the PSAT
You don’t get better at anything without practice and the PSAT is great practice for the SAT. Studies show that each time a student takes the PSAT exam, they improve their performance on the SAT.
The PSAT helps you:
discover majors and careers based on your interests and PSAT/NMSQT results
learn what you need to work on and get a custom study plan
receive information about admission and financial aid from colleges and scholarship programs
get feedback on how ready you are for college and access tools to help you improve
Plus, if you study and do your best on the PSAT, you could:
qualify to be a National Merit Scholar your junior year which will help you stand out to colleges
increase your chances of getting a scholarship
The top 100 scoring 10th grade students are designated as Superintendent Scholars. Superintendent Scholars are recognized in an award ceremony and invited to participate in the Scholar’s Academy summer program. Find out more about this and other invitation-only test prep programs.
Presentations and resources
View slides from our fall parent meeting to learn more about the benefits of the PSAT and how Khan Academy can improve performance.
PSAT student score report
The following presentation helps you review your scores and learn how to use your PSAT score report, your online College Board account, Naviance, and Khan Academy to set goals for yourself.
Contact the counseling office of the nearest high school for information or to register.