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Okay, I'm trying not to freak out, but when exactly do you take the PSAT/NMSQT? Is there a specific grade or time of year? Just want to make sure I don't miss out on prep opportunities for National Merit scholarships.

8 months ago

Hey there, no need to stress over this. The PSAT/NMSQT, which stands for Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, is typically taken by high school students in the fall of their junior year (11th grade). However, some students also choose to take it as practice in their sophomore year (10th grade). The test is offered nationally every year in October, with exact dates varying slightly. There's usually a primary test day and an alternate day for schools that need a different schedule.

Now, while your junior year scores are the ones used for National Merit Scholarship consideration, taking the PSAT as a sophomore can give you valuable experience and a benchmark to work from. This way, you'll be more familiar with the format and the types of questions asked, which can help alleviate some of the anxiety when you take it for the scholarships the following year.

In terms of prep, you have plenty of resources at your disposal. The College Board, which administers the PSAT/NMSQT, provides official practice materials. Also, consider looking into Khan Academy, which partners with the College Board to offer free personalized practice based on your PSAT results. Some schools also provide their students with prep courses or sessions, so it’s a good idea to check with your school’s counseling office to see what's available.

Make sure you're aware of the registration procedures at your school because you usually can't sign up for the PSAT/NMSQT on your own. Your school will handle the registration process and provide you with specific details on test dates and locations. Stay in touch with your school’s counselors to keep tabs on deadlines and any prep opportunities they might offer. Remember, a little bit of planning goes a long way, so you're already on the right track by seeking out this information early on!

8 months ago

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