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    The SPS School-day PSAT Has Been Cancelled | Information for National Merit Scholarship Program

    The originally scheduled school-day SPS PSAT/NMSQT that was scheduled for Jan 26 has been cancelled. The CollegeBoard will not be providing additional school-day administration dates for the PSAT/NMSQT during the 2020-21 school year.

    The PSAT/NMSQT is the route of entry into the National Merit Scholarship Program.

    Since students were unable to take the 2020 PSAT/NMSQT due to school closures, students may use SAT scores as alternative method for entry requirements. The SPS school-day SAT is still currently scheduled for Wed, March 3, 2021. Information can be found in the attached Alternate Entry to the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program flyerPlease make sure to note all requirements and deadlines outlined in the document. 

    Questions specific to National Merit Scholarship Program should be directed to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation or the CollegeBoard.

    Visit the Seattle Public Schools School-Day PSAT page for the most up to date information. The PSAT is typically available for Sophomores and the PSAT/NMSQT to Junior students. 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 sophomores and juniors free of charge; no pre-registration is required.

    BHS Academic Intervention Specialist & Testing Coordinator | 206-252-1107
    Lisa Coacher, | Mike Broom,


    Visit PSAT CollegeBoard to learn more about the PSAT or the SPS School-Day PSAT webpage. 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.

    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).

    Students will receive an original PSAT test booklet and guide.


    Khan Academy Practice | The College Board has partnered with Khan Academy to provide a personalized practice program.

    PrepScholar | SAT / ACT Prep Online Guides and Tips About the PSAT/NMSQT: Expert Guide