PSAT testing will be held on Wednesday, October 12, 2022.
Students have a section they may use a calculator.
The school does not provide every student with a calculator
so they need to bring their own calculator.
From Ms Purnell:
Practice Makes Perfect!
Stafford County Public Schools will be administering the PSAT to 9th, 10th, and 11th graders on Wednesday, October 12. The test provides juniors with the opportunity to experience what the SAT will be like and gives them a final practice before they sit for the real test. Students can then strategize as they think about their college applications. Juniors can also qualify for scholarships, including the highly selective National Merit Scholarship Program. For 9th and 10th graders, students can identify where their strengths are as well as fill in where there are gaps in their knowledge. All students should link their College Board accounts with Khan Academy to receive individualized practice to prepare for the PSAT and the SAT.
Watch the video below for how to do this.
Why Should I Take the PSAT...?
Top 4 Reasons for Taking the PSAT 10 in 10th grade
1. The assessment scores identify academic strengths and weaknesses early in high school, when
there's plenty of time to improve before career and college opportunities.
2. It's a great way to practice for the PSAT/NMSQT in 11th grade, which qualifies them for the
National Merit Scholarship Program and a chance to win recognition and money for college.
3. When they take the PSAT 10, your child can opt in to Student Search Service and connect to over
$300 million in scholarships. Learn more about scholarships.
4. Create your career roadmap using Roadtrip Nation: Roadtrip Nation is free for all PSAT test
takers. Here you can create your own career roadmap.
Top 4 Reasons for taking PSAT/NMSQT in 11th grade
1. NMSQT is the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test: US High School students enter the
National Merit® Scholarship Program by taking the PSAT/NMSQT® (Preliminary SAT/National
Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test). The test must be taken no later than the third year in grades 9
2. Good indicator of how the student needs to prepare for the SAT
3. Students can avail of the College Board’s Student Search Service: A great score on the PSAT can
get you noticed by several colleges and scholarship boards. Avail of the College Board’s Student
Search Service. It is free!
The PSAT/NMSQT (11th grade) test takers are asked if they want to participate in the College
Board’s Student Search Service. If a test taker opts in, the College Board shares limited
information about the test taker with colleges and scholarship programs looking for such
students. For PSAT/NMSQT test takers, this service provides information about educational and
financial aid opportunities from close to 2000 colleges, universities, and scholarship programs
Many colleges and universities use PSAT scores to identify students they think may make a good
addition to their student body and who may be deserving of scholarships. Having schools
express interest in you and connect with you can certainly boost your confidence.
4. Receive AP, DE, and IB Potential feedback from the College Board.