PSAT: 9th & 10th Grade

Junior year is when the PSAT qualifies students for National Merit Scholarships, so why is it so important for students to take the PSAT as sophomores?  While the PSAT may be a practice test for 9th and 10th grade students, it is also a key indicator of a student’s strengths and weaknesses on the SAT.

  • Why should 9th and 10th graders take the PSAT?
  • How should students prepare?
  • How should PSAT scores be used?
  • How can taking the PSAT in 10th grade help with National Merit Scholarships?
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4 replies
  1. Regina Norris
    Regina Norris says:

    We have missed our deadline to pay to take the PSAT for 9th graders at our school. I would still like for my child to take it. What would you suggest in order to find another location?

    • Megan Dorsey
      Megan Dorsey says:


      Call your school’s guidance counseling office and speak to the testing coordinator. He or she may have a few extras. If not, ask what your alternatives are. They may know of a nearby school that has an extra test or two.


    • megan
      megan says:

      The PSAT is offered at most high schools that administer the SAT. Contact the guidance counselor or testing coordinator at your school to register. Registration usually beans in September for the October PSAT.

      If your school doesn’t offer the PSAT, check others in your area. When I was a counselor, we frequently had homeschool students register to take the PSAT at our public high school.


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