Frequently Asked Questions


    1. Why should students take the PSAT/NMSQT?

    The PSAT/NMSQT is the best preparation for the SAT Reasoning Test. Students in eleventh grade who take the test and meet other program entry requirements may enter National Merit Scholarship Corporation programs. All students who take the PSAT/NMSQT will receive an official Score Report. They will receive scores in critical reading, mathematics, and writing skills and will see how their scores compare to those of other students across the country. Through a question-by-question review of answers, students will be able to see which answers they got right or wrong. They will also receive a personalized statement of specific academic skills that need attention along with suggested steps to improve those skills.

    Students who take the test will receive their scores in January and will be able to access free online resources through CollegeBoard and Khan Academy to prepare for the SAT.  


    2. What should be done to prepare for this test?

    Classroom learning is the basis for test questions, so the best way students can prepare is to involve themselves in rigorous courses and get familiar with the test and its format. Students should review the PSAT/NMSQT Official Student Guide, which is full of useful information, including a full-length Practice Test. The Guide and the Practice Test will help students understand all the directions, be familiar with the types of questions that will be asked, and will be available the first part of October.
    Khan Academy is offering free online PSAT prep classes the first few weeks of October:  https://www.kaptest.com/psat/pages/psat-prep-live

    3. If students don’t do well on this test, will it hurt their chances of getting into college?

    Absolutely not. If anything, the PSAT/NMSQT will improve their chances, since it provides personalized information on the types of skills that the student needs to improve to prepare for the SAT and college. PSAT/NMSQT scores are not sent to colleges.

    4. When may we expect to see the results from the PSAT/NMSQT?

    Students will receive online score reports in December.  HRVHS will receive paper copies of score reports and share them with students in January.   



    For more information about the PSAT/NMSQT Test Administration, please call Melissa Bentley at 541-386-2770.