Remember, the PSAT is a “practice” test for the SAT. Your scores won’t be reported to colleges but the PSAT will give you valuable feedback. In December, College Board will send your score reports to your high school. Go through your score report— see how you handled the different sections of the test and what you need to work on before you take the SAT. This will give you an idea of what to expect from the SAT and how you need to prepare. Talk to your guidance counselor about which test prep options make sense for you.
Of the 1.5 million students taking the test, about 50,000 with the highest PSAT/NMSQT® Selection Index scores (critical reading + mathematics + writing skills scores) qualify for recognition in the National Merit® Scholarship Program.
When you take the PSAT you can choose to participate in the Student Search Service to receive information from colleges and universities about admissions and financial aid.
Back to tomorrow’s test— to minimize your stress in the morning, it’s a great idea to get organized ahead of time. Prepare tonight to get tomorrow off to a great start.
Gather and pack all the things you’ll need to take with you. Don’t forget any of the following required items:
- Sharpened #2 pencils
- Approved calculator
These are things you may want to bring along:
- Water and snack, although not to be kept on your desk
- Extra batteries or a back-up calculator
- A watch