PSAT/NMSQT Exam - National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test
The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is co-sponsored by the College Board and National Scholarship Corporation. The PSAT/NMSQT is a standardized test that most high schools in the United States administer to 11th grade students. Considered to be a “preliminary SAT,” the PSAT test gives students a sense of the format, question types, content, and time limits that they will encounter on the SAT, should they take it. Additionally, the PSAT test serves as a qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship Program, an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. This means that some of the highest scoring students may win scholarship money. Ultimately, the PSAT test is good practice for the SAT and ACT, college admission tests that students often have to take to be admitted to 4-year colleges.
Students who pre-registered for the PSAT will take the exam at RAHS January 26 at 9:00 a.m.
Here is important test information. Safety is the goal! ALL STUDENTS MUST WEAR A MASK THROUGHOUT THE DAY. Procedures have been put in place to provide state-mandated social distancing.
- Students who pre-registered for the PSAT will be charged $27.00 through Smart School K-12. Students and families will need to pay in advance of taking the exam beginning January 11 and continuing through January 22.
- Students will be responsible for transportation to and from RAHS on test day. There will be no school busses running.
- Students may begin check in at 8:30 a.m. The test will begin as close to 9 a.m. as possible.
- Students will need their picture ID/driver’s license for check in.
- Please bring 2-3 number 2 pencils and your calculator.
- NO food or beverages are allowed to be consumed in the test site.
- All personal electronics must be turned off. No personal electronics can be used by students during the test. Answering a cell phone or texting during the test will mean dismissal from the test site.
- Back packs or other personal belongings will be stored away from the testing site. NO access will be allowed to backpacks during the test administration.
- The test will start with demographic information gathering.
- The test is projected to end between 1 - 1:30 p.m.
- Students will be dismissed after all the tests, test booklets and materials are accounted for.
- Lunch will not be provided.
- All AVID students have been registered for the test.
According to the National Merit Corporation: Students Who Are Unable to Take the PSAT/NMSQT: A student who does not take the PSAT/NMSQT in October 2020 or January 2021 because of illness, an emergency, or other extenuating circumstance (including school closures), but meets all other requirements for NMSC program participation, may still be able to enter the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program by submitting scores from an administration of the SAT. The student must visit www.nationalmerit.org/resources after the missed PSAT/NMSQT administration to download information about procedures for Alternate Entry to the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program. To be considered, a student must complete certain requirements before April 1, 2021.
IMPORTANT: Alternate Entry is only for students who do not take the October 2020 PSAT/NMSQT or January 2021 PSAT/NMSQT. Students who are uncertain about whether they will take the January PSAT/NMSQT are welcome to download and complete Alternate Entry requirements beginning in late October; however, NMSC will not consider a student’s SAT scores for entry to the program if it receives an official PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index score from College Board.
NOTE: The procedure described above for requesting Alternate Entry differs from information that is published in the PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide. For the 2022 competition only, students and school officials will be able to download Alternate Entry instructions from NMSC’s website instead of submitting an individual written request to NMSC for approval.
For more information and requirements for Alternate Entry click here: https://www.nationalmerit.org/s/1758/images/gid2/editor_documents/alternateentry2022.pdf?gid=2&pgid=61
Questions about the RAHS PSAT test should be directed to school counselor John Kaiser. 651-635-1660, press 2.