Why the PSAT/NMSQT Is Important
When your child takes the PSAT/NMSQT, they open the door to more benefits than you might think.
- It connects students to more than $235 million in scholarships, including the National Merit® Scholarship Program. If your child opts into our free Student Search Service®, scholarship providers will invite them to apply.
- It’s excellent practice for the SAT. Both tests measure the same knowledge and skills and ask the same types of questions, so PSAT/NMSQT takers will know what to expect on the SAT.
- It’s the first step to a free, personalized SAT study plan. Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy® uses your child’s PSAT/NMSQT score to create a customized SAT study plan with sample questions that focus on areas where they need help.
- It shows student progress on the road to college. The PSAT/NMSQT is part of the SAT Suite of Assessments, a series of tests beginning in eighth grade that shows your child and their teachers whether your child is on track for college.
- It shows which Advanced Placement Program® (AP) courses your child is ready for. The PSAT/NMSQT Score Report indicates which college-level AP courses your child has the potential to succeed in.
If you have any questions please email or call Heidi Morrison at MorrisonH@fultonschools.org or 470-254-4196.
We encourage your child to take advantage of the many benefits the PSAT/NMSQT offers:
- Connects students to colleges and universities across the country, and to scholarship organizations.
- Prepares students for the new SAT® and college and fuels practice recommendations on Khan Academy®.
- Matches students with AP® courses that make the most of their academic strengths. AP classes can provide an edge in the admission process, and an opportunity to earn college credit.
Please use the below links to help your student better prepare for the PSAT. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Morrison in the Assistant Principal’s office.
LINKS FOR THE PSAT (click on to open)
FREE PSAT/SAT PREP FROM KHAN ACADEMY
A study of 250,000 students from the class of 2017 showed that a little practice goes a long way—regardless of gender, race, income, or high school GPA. In fact, 20 hours on Khan Academy® was associated with an average 115-point increase from the PSAT/NMSQT to the SAT. The more you practice, the better you’ll feel on test day. Sixteen thousand students improved their scores by 200 points or more.
The College Board and Khan Academy® have partnered to make practicing easy and personal. At Khan Academy, you can access thousands of questions approved by the College Board, take four official SAT practice tests, and create personalized study plans based on your results.
- Follow this link for access to Khan Academy: https://www.khanacademy.org/resources/parents-mentors-1/helping-your-child/a/parents-guide-to-official-sat-practice
If you have any questions, see Mrs. Morrison in the Assistant Principal’s office or email MorrisonH@fultonschools.org