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PSAT Test will be administered on October 12

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Sign up by Sept. 16

The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT. It also gives students a chance to enter the NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools. The PSAT measures the skills your student has developed over the course of his education. These include:
• Critical reading skills
• Math problem-solving skills
• Writing skills
The PSAT/NMSQT is the best preparation for the SAT. Students take the test in eleventh grade to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Corporation’s scholarship programs. Students can also benefit from taking the test in the tenth grade and sooner because they’ll get personalized feedback on the academic skills needed for college. By taking the test before eleventh grade, students have more time to develop these skills and to begin the college planning process.
The most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are to:
• Receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. You can then focus your preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice.
• See how your performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college.
• Enter the competition for scholarships from NMSC (grade 11).
• Help prepare for the SAT. You can become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions you will see on the SAT.
• Receive information from colleges when you check “yes” to Student Search Service.
The PSAT will be given at Marion County High School on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011.  The cost is $14 and students need to sign up by Friday, Sept. 16 with Ms. Bradshaw. If the junior is on free/reduced lunches, they can obtain a fee waiver to take the test.