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How do different states approach the PSAT?

Ok, so I've heard that some states have all students take the PSAT and others don't? What's up with that? Does it depend on where you go to school, or is it a state-wide policy? Just want to understand how this affects things like National Merit qualification.

8 months ago

Great question about the PSAT! It's true that practices vary by state, and sometimes even by school district. In some states, schools offer the PSAT/NMSQT during school hours and cover the cost for all sophomores or juniors, making it accessible for everyone. This can be really convenient as it promotes college readiness and gives students a taste of standardized testing in a low-stakes environment.

However, in other states, taking the PSAT is optional and students have to sign up and pay for it themselves. Regardless of whether it's state-wide or school-specific, National Merit qualification depends on your score on the PSAT/NMSQT in your junior year. If your school doesn't offer it, you can still register through another school that does, ensuring you have a shot at National Merit scholarships. For the most accurate information, it's best to check with your school or look on your state's Department of Education website. This way, you'll know what to expect for your PSAT experience and National Merit prospects!

8 months ago

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