PSAT is not just practice anymore

August 1, 2006 at 12:27 am Leave a comment

Posted by Dee

There was a time when the PSAT was just considered a pre-SAT; but nowadays, you need to pay attention to the full name of this test… PSAT/NMSQT.

What is this acronym gibberish? The PSAT part is still the pre-SAT part (to help you prepare for the real thing), but the NMSQT part is now becoming more and more important (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test).

Do not just show up to the test thinking that it doesn’t matter for anything! True, colleges won’t see your score on this exam, but it is extremely invaluable to list as one of your awards or honors that you were a National Merit semi-finalist or finalist.

Make those 2-ish hours worth your while… this test is by far easier than the real SAT and much shorter. Aim for getting in the top percentiles so that you can snag the National Merit titles. Plus, if you do really well, you might get some money, who knows?

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Entry filed under: Finalist, National merit, NMSQT, PSAT, SAT, Scholarships, Semi-finalist, Testing.

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