PSAT at STA on October 15th

The PSAT will be given at St. Thomas Aquinas on October 15, 2015 at 8:00 AM. Sophomores and juniors interested in taking this test, should sign up in the Guidance Office. Cost is $15. Checks are to be made payable to St. Thomas Aquinas. Cash will also be accepted. Scores will be returned in late December/early January. Every junior has received an information booklet and practice test. Sophomores should see Mrs. Michna for these materials.

The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It’s a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT®. It also gives students with a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools.

The PSAT/NMSQT measures:

  • Critical reading skills
  • Math problem-solving skills
  • Writing skills

Students have developed these skills over many years, both in and out of school. This test doesn’t require recall of specific facts from classes.

The most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are to:

  • Receive feedback on strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. Then focus preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice.
  • See how performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college.
  • Enter the competition for scholarships from NMSC (grade 11 only).
  • Help prepare for the SAT. Become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions on the SAT.
  • Receive information from colleges when checking “yes” to Student Search Service
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