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SPS School Day PSAT/NMSQT

Get PSAT Ready!

  • On Wednesday, October 12, 2022 Ballard HS students in Grade 11 will be given the school day PSAT/NMSQT test.
  • SPS students will be automatically registered for the tests
  • Create your free College Board account
  • Check out the College Board website for FREE test prep resources
  • Contact your designated Ballard HS counselor or academic intervention specialist for additional information
  • Review approved calculators for SAT and PSAT – contact your BHS counselor or academic intervention specialist if you need help obtaining a calculator for the test

Seattle Public Schools contracts with the College Board for the school-day PSAT/NMSQT and SAT assessments only.

The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT/NMSQT) helps Juniors prepare for the SAT and is used to qualify students for scholarships and advanced learning opportunities. Seattle Public Schools administers the PSAT/NMSQT and SAT assessments free of charge during a regular school day.

For more information about the SPS School Day PSAT/NMSQT please refer to the district PSAT and SAT webpage.


PSAT Scores and Preparing for the SAT

PSAT scores are released online (exact date to be posted) by the CollegeBoard.

Students will need to log onto their CollegeBoard accounts to view their scores and use them to prepare for the SAT. Refer to the CollegeBoard Getting Scores site for all the information you need and a video as well.

Students will receive their original PSAT test booklets in their Language Arts class. If you would like to learn more about how to understand your scores and get tips for preparing for the SAT or need assistance with your College Board account, come to the Ballard Counseling Center, the BHS counselors are there to help.

Grade 11 Juniors, to learn more about the SAT visit the Ballard HS SAT Information page. To understand your PSAT scores and how to link your test results with free Khan Academy® practice tests tailored just for you to prepare for the SAT view this video by CollegeBoard site. In addition learn more information about practicing for the SAT on CollegeBoard as well.

National Merit Scholarship Program

The PSAT/NMSQT is the route of entry into the National Merit Scholarship Program for Juniors. Questions specific to National Merit Scholarship Program should be directed to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation or the CollegeBoard.

Resources

  • Visit CollegeBoard PSAT to learn more about the PSAT/NMSQT. 
  • The College Board has partnered with Khan Academy to provide a personalized practice program. Visit the Khan Academy to find ways to help students prepare for the SAT using their PSAT results. Students will become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions they will see on the SAT.
  • PrepScholar | SAT / ACT Prep Online Guides and Tips About the PSAT/NMSQT: Expert Guide.

Seattle Public School Resources

Students who qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch (FRL) may be eligible to receive additional benefits from the College Board such as unlimited sending of scores. In order to receive these benefits, applicants must check the box on the form for ‘Pre College Exams’ in section number 7 of the form and sign. Visit the district School Day PSAT page for more information.

The PSAT/NMSQT helps Juniors prepare for the SAT and is used to qualify students for scholarships and advanced learning opportunities. These tests are offered to all Juniors free of charge; no pre-registration is required.

Why Take the PSAT?

  • Provides valuable feedback on strengths and the skills necessary for college study. Students can then focus their preparation on areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice. The PSAT measures critical reading skills, math problem-solving skills and writing skills.
  • Gives insight on how a performance on an admissions test compares to others applying to college. Helps students prepare for the SAT. Students will become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions they will see on the SAT.
  • Could help Juniors qualify for scholarships. The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) for Juniors is a program co-sponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corp. (NMSC).