PSAT Info & Registration Procedures

The PSAT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) will be offered at Hillsborough High School on Saturday, October 19, 2019.

Who May Test:
Grades 10-11 only
A limited number of tests are available. Registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Priority will be for Hillsborough High School students to test.
Students from other schools and homeschooled students will be placed on a waiting list until the regular registration date has passed. 

Registration Information:
Click here to access: Online PSAT Registration

Registration Opens: Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 7:00am
Regular Registration Ends: Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 11:59pm
Late Registration: September 16 through Friday, September 20, 2019 at 11:59pm

Fees:
Regular Exam Fee: $30
Late Registration: $40 (includes $10 late fee)
Free or Reduced Lunch Program students pay a reduced fee

Why should sophomores and juniors test?

  • Practice: The PSAT is designed to align with the SAT. One of the most common reasons students, especially juniors, take the PSAT is to get familiar with the layout and content of the SAT, which is often required for college admission. The PSAT provides students with the opportunity to get a feel for the SAT, and helps them identify potential strengths and weaknesses.
  • Possible Scholarships: Some juniors take the PSAT is to try to win a National Merit scholarship. Each year about 1.6 million juniors enter the National Merit competition via the PSAT. Of these test takers 16,000 will become Semifinalists, and of these Semifinalists 15,000 will become Finalists. In the end, 7,500 entrants will each win a $2,500 scholarship along with the prestigious distinction of National Merit Scholar.
  • To prepare for a second attempt at the PSAT (if taking it as a sophomore): The final reason students take the PSAT is to practice for the PSAT as sophomores before taking it again as juniors. Although sophomores aren’t eligible for National Merit, taking the PSAT early can increase your shot at getting a high PSAT score later on. Testing as a sophomore also allows the student to create a timeline for test prep, particularly for students who hope to complete most of their admissions testing during junior year.

What is covered on the PSAT, and how is it scored?
  • In the evidence-based reading and writing sections, students will be asked to demonstrate their ability to interpret, synthesize and use evidence found in a wide range of sources.
  • In the math section, students will focus on three essential areas: problem solving and data analysis, algebra, and advanced math.
  • The PSAT utilizes the same scoring as the SAT. One point will be awarded for correct answers, there are no deductions for incorrect answers or skipped questions. This provides a raw score, which is then changed to a scaled score
  • The possible score range for the PSAT/NMSQT is 320-520.
  • The PSAT is 2 hours and 45 minutes long.

When are results available?
Scores are released online at collegeboard.org in early December.

Questions?
Contact Aimee Thomson or Cindy Povall, PSAT Coordinators.



 

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