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    PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test

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    The Preliminary SAT/National Merit

    Scholarship Qualifying Test

    (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program

    co-sponsored by the College Board

    and National Merit Scholarship

    Corporation (NMSC).



    PSAT/NMSQT, a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT and gives students a chance to qualify for scholarships given by National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), measures math, critical reading, and writing skills like the SAT. The PSAT contains questions from actual SAT and is designed to be slightly easier than the SAT. The SAT is used for college admission; PSAT scores are not sent to colleges.

    The District covers the 2017 PSAT fees for all 10th graders. It is the District’s expectation that the PSAT/NMSQT score reports, including AP Potential, are used by high schools as one way to improve instruction, identify achievement gaps, and expand access to advanced courses, including Advanced Placement (AP).