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PSAT

What is the PSAT?

The PSAT is a two-hour test given once a year in October. As with the SAT, you receive separate math and verbal scores. In addition, the test also includes a third scored section testing English grammar. Each subject is scored on a scale of 20 to 80 and these scores are combined to create your National Merit Scholarship selection index.

Who Takes the PSAT?

Almost all students take the PSAT during their junior year, but many students also take the PSAT during their sophomore year. Only scores from the PSAT taken in your junior year are considered for the National Merit Scholarship competition.

Didn't the PSAT Change?

Starting in 1997, the PSAT began to include not only math and verbal sections, but also an English grammar section. We will be adding more information about this section as ETS releases more information.

National Merit Scholarship Competition

The National Merit Scholarship, sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), is an annual competition that awards approximately 7,000 scholarships for undergraduate study. The selection process starts with the selection of National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists and Commended Scholars. Cutoffs vary from state to state but typically Semi-Finalists score in the top 1 percent of students in their state and Commended Scholars between the to 4 and and 1 percent. Most of the approximately 15,000 Semi-Finalists become Finalists, but only half of Finalists ultimately receive National Merit Scholarships.

PSAT Test Dates
10/17/00 10/21/00

For more information, contact:

National Merit Scholarship Corp.
1560 Sherman Avenue, Suite 200
Evanston, Il 60201-4897
(708) 866-5100


SAT

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ACT

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