The importance of prepping for the PSAT

You’ve probably taken plenty of standardized tests in your life so far, but the ones you’ll take this year are different.  The PSAT/NMSQT® (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) is taken at the beginning of your junior year and is a test that gives you practice for the SAT® test and gives you a chance to enter the National Merit Scholarship Program.

In addition, you can request information about some colleges through the free Student Search Service.  Just indicate “yes” to the Student Search Service question on your answer sheet when you take the PSAT/NMSQT exam, and you will receive campus guides and relevant information to help you begin your college search.

Why is it important to be ready?

The PSAT gives you a snapshot of how prepared you are for the SAT test.  It allows you to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses to better prepare for that upcoming test.  If you take it as though it were the real SAT, it will give you results that will help you better know what to study.  This test also puts you in the competition for scholarships for the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which allocates money for college that you don’t have to pay back. So it’s important to do your best.

How can you prepare?

You can read up about the test and take some practice questions at  Get together with some friends to study, to help you better stick with it. Know when and where the test will take place, and then be sure to sharpen your pencils, get plenty of rest, and have a good breakfast before the test.

Caroline Hanson

About Caroline Hanson

Caroline is a communications consultant for Wells Fargo Education Financial Services. Although she has been known to forget her own ZIP code, she has memorized the lyrics to every bad 1970s pop song ever written. Unfortunately, she also loves karaoke. Caroline spends her spare time at Target®. She also likes biking slowly and has participated in RAGBRAI. Caroline is a graduate of Iowa State University and has worked in journalism and public relations for the past 14 years. She lives in Iowa with her husband and has a 19-year-old stepdaughter and 2-year-old son.
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