On Oct. 13, Katy ISD sophomore and juniors will have the opportunity to take the Preliminary SAT – National Merit Scholar Qualifying test at their respective home campuses.
Co-sponsored by the College Board and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, the standardized test is designed to provide practice for the SAT test, as well as give students the chance to enter the National Merit Scholar scholarship program.
The test measures critical reading skills, math problem-solving skills and writing skills, according to the College Board.
According to the school district, taking the PSAT can “encourage a student to start thinking seriously about life after high school, about college and career goals and about the education needed to reach those goals.”
After the test, a score report will tell students how their skills measure up. Students can use the information to find “skill gaps” and make plans to fill these gaps before college begins.
This test also gives students a chance to see how their skills compare with those of other students who will also apply to college.
Other benefits of taking the PSAT include:
- Score reports and supplemental materials will support student success on the new SAT.
- The Student Search Service gives PSAT/NMSQT test takers the option to voluntarily place their names and addresses in a pool of college-bound students interested in receiving admission and financial aid information from certified colleges, universities and scholarship agencies.
- Students who take the PSAT typically score higher on the SAT than those who do not take the PSAT.
- It provides practice for the SAT Reasoning Test.
- It allows students to predict their SAT scores in time to work on specific skills that may raise their scores.
- Sophomores who score well are invited to participate in the district National Merit Preparation program.
- Juniors who score well may qualify for National Merit Recognition and Scholarships.
- It provides valuable information to parents and students on student potential for advanced academics in high school.
Students taking the test will be exposed to sample PSAT questions in their math and language arts classes in addition to information on testing format. Parents are being encouraged to help their students prepare for this exam by reviewing the information in the PSAT prep booklet, available at each high school campus. The booklet provides sample questions, as well as test taking strategies.
Any parent with questions should contact their student’s campus counselor.
Homeschooled students who wish to take part in the test should contact the Katy ISD Assessment Department at 281-396-2343 no later than Oct. 1.