Why the PSAT, the SAT, and the National Merit Scholarship are the secret ingredients!

Have you ever wondered if you are doing enough to prepare for the SAT and what scholarships you can earn from a good score? You are not alone. We have broken down the basics of the tests to help you chart a course that is right for you!

The PSAT 8/9 is designed with eighth and ninth graders in mind to experience college entrance exams and to practice different question types. This test, like the regular SAT, includes math, reading, and grammar. The sections are shorter and age appropriate. This test is scored for both sections, the reading and grammar section, and the math section. Both sections will be scored within the range of 120-720 with an overall score in the range of 240-1440. This test is taken through the school district, and colleges will never see the results. It is a great way to assess strengths and weaknesses.

The PSAT 10 is another practice test with sophomores in mind. This test provides more information for parents and students to determine any further strengths and weaknesses. The scores for this test are not sent to colleges but may be used for scholarship information.

The PSAT/NMSQT is the same test as the PSAT 10 except the scores are used for qualifying for the National Merit Scholarship. This test is designed for 11th graders. Top scorers eventually earn a $2500 scholarship. Scores from this test can also qualify students for scholarships from companies. Nearly 15,000 students qualify as National Merit Finalists and about 7,500 students receive the award money.

The SAT scores are sent to universities with applications. You can take this test multiple times a year, and some universities will super score the test, which is combining the highest score from each section from multiple tests to create one score for the student.

It is never too early to start preparing for the SAT.  By knowing your strengths and weaknesses, you can chart a course to study and to maximize your scholarship earning potential!