What Is The PSAT and Why Should I Take It?


Mia Isom, Reporter

What Is The PSAT and Why Should I Take It? 

The PSAT is a mock test designed to help students prepare for the SAT and the ACT.  It tests students on their reading, writing, and math skills.  

It is designed with a specific scoring range, the PSAT composite score begins at 320-1520. On the individual subjects, scores range from 8-38. To be eligible for the national merit scholarship you have to score in the top 1% in your state or the 99th percentile.  

Students will not be penalized for wrong answers. They should take this test because it prepares them for the real version. 

The PSAT gives students a chance at gaining a college scholarship. Even being a finalist in this competition is an academic honor. The National Merit scholarship program is an elite competition for a scholarship worth $2,500. This money goes toward the student’s freshman year at college. 

The best way to prepare for a difficult test like the PSAT is to take practice tests that will help you determine where you need extra help. Study guides are available at your local bookstores and online.  

You shouldn’t try to cram and memorize information the night before the big test, but skimming over certain topics in different subjects to refresh your memory is acceptable. When taking the test if you get stuck on a question always make an educated guess, so that you have a better chance of getting the question correct; this also helps with time management. 

Any student who’s interested in the National Merit Scholarship needs to have the following requirements.  

Take the PSAT in your specified year of the high school program. You need be enrolled as a high school student progressing toward the completion or graduation of your education.  

The final requirement is to be a resident of the United States, District of Columbia, U.S common wealth and territory, or be a U.S lawful citizen to enter this competition. 

The $17 to take the PSAT is due October 17th . The test will be administered on  October 24th. The $17 to take the PSAT needs to be turned in at the counseling office.