Sep 5

PSAT Information


What is the PSAT?

The PSAT, or Preliminary Scholarship Aptitude Test, is one of the first official steps on the road to college. It serves as an introduction to the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) that is required for most college applications. All sophomore and junior students at Brebeuf are automatically registered to take the PSAT exam. The State of Indiana covers the cost of the test for all sophomore and junior students, therefore your student will not be charged to take the exam.

When is the PSAT?

Wednesday, October 16, 2019. Students must be in their testing rooms no later than 8:00 a.m. They must bring several #2 pencils (NO MECHANICAL PENCILS), and a calculator. Cell phones and other electronic devices will not be permitted in the testing rooms, nor will any food or drink. Testing will be completed at approximately 11:45 a.m. (1:30 p.m. if approved for extended time). The exam room assignments will be posted throughout the school building in early October.

Who is taking the PSAT?

Brebeuf Jesuit students take the PSAT in October of their sophomore and junior years. There is no charge for the exam and students are automatically registered.

Why are Brebeuf students taking the PSAT?

The PSAT/NMSQT is the best preparation for the SAT. Students who take the PSAT in 11th grade and meet other program entry requirements may enter the National Merit Scholarship Corporation programs.

What is National Merit?

At times, you might see the letters NMSQT associated with the PSAT. For juniors, the PSAT doubles as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. If a junior scores exceptionally well on the exam, he or she may be named as a National Merit Semifinalist. Each year, 16,000 high school juniors achieve this status; a great honor which includes significant scholarship opportunities at certain colleges and universities.

What content is included on thePSAT?

Content areas include 1) Evidence-based Reading & Writing and 2) Math. The length of the test is 2 hours and 45 minutes and the PSAT is scored on a scale of 1520; maximum score on each of the two sections is a 760.

What should be done to prepare for this test?

Classroom learning is the basis for test questions, so the best way students can prepare is by taking rigorous courses and becoming familiar with the test and its format. Students should review the PSAT/NMSQT Official Student Guide, which is full of useful information, including a full-length practice test. The Student Guide and the practice test will helpstudents understand all the directions and be familiar with the types of questions that willbeasked. The PSAT/NMSQT Official Student Guide will be distributed to students at Pre-Administration sessions, or “bubble labs”, on September 12, 18, and 23.

When may we expect to see the results from the PSAT/NMSQT?

The College Board will email students an access code to view their online score report about two months after they take the test. The score report offers free access to My College QuickStart, an online college and career planning tool that contains the student’s online score report, a customized SAT Study Plan and personalized lists of colleges, majors, and careers. We will also send out a parent tutorial for understanding your student’s scores.

If students don’t do well on this test, will it hurt their chances of getting into college? Absolutely not. If anything, the PSAT will improve their chances of increasing their SATtest scores, since it provides personalized information on the types of skills that the student needs to improve to prepare for the SAT and college. PSAT scores are not sent to colleges.

My student receives extended time on exams at Brebeuf Jesuit. Will he/she receive extended time on the PSAT as well?

A student must be approved by The College Board in order to receive extended time on the PSAT or SAT. If your student has been approved for accommodations by The College Board, then he/she will receive those accommodations on the PSAT. If you are unsure whether your student has been approved, please contact Christina Rhodes, Director of Academic Counseling and SSD Coordinator at crhodes@brebeuf.org.

If I have further questions about the PSAT, who should I contact?

Lindsay Davis is the PSAT Coordinator at Brebeuf Jesuit and can be reached at ldavis@brebeuf.org. You may also visit PSAT/NMSQT for further assistance.