FIRST, TAKE THE PSATs
The PSATs are given in October of each year. You should take them no later than the fall of your junior year in high school.
Get a booklet from your school counseling office and study it. The PSAT has fewer questions than the SAT I.
In our opinion: Unless you are determined to be a National Merit Scholar, don't spend money prepping for the PSAT. Save your money and your time for SAT or ACT prep. THEY are the tests that matter. IF you do take the PSAT, study for it as if you were preparing for the SAT.
Major reasons to take the test include: being freaked by tests, and feel the PSAT would help you get used to the test environment and prepare for the real SAT.
Shorter than the regular SAT, and not requiring an essay, the PSAT is still a wake up call about the SAT.
The Preliminary SAT®/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is a co-sponsored program by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).
PSAT/NMSQT stands for Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT Reasoning Test™. It also gives you a chance to enter National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) scholarship programs.
The PSAT/NMSQT measures:
- critical reading skills
- math problem-solving skills
- Identifying sentence errors
- Improving sentences and paragraphs
You have developed these skills over many years, both in and out of school. This test doesn't require you to recall specific facts from your classes.
The most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are: