"If my son has already taken the SAT as a sophomore, can he take the PSAT to see if he qualifies for the National Merit Scholarship, and then retake the SAT, or how does that work?"
Boy, can I ever relate to the waking up on the wrong side of the bed and doing lousy on the PSAT - only in my case, the temperature in the auditorium was f-f-f-fr-e-e-z-z-z-z-i-i-i-ng. Who'd have thought I needed a parka to take a test?!? Naturally, I couldn't just go back to my locker and get one. I took a warm jacket to the SAT. It sure doesn't take much to throw even a good student.
I also took newly acquired test-taking skills. The Princeton Review book really upped my scores.
I read that the 10th graders can take the PSAT for practice and then again in 11th grade for real. Would you recommend taking it in 10th? Our son, going into 10th grade has taken the ACT in order to get into the post secondary program here in Ohio where he can take college classes. How often would you recommend re-taking the ACT?
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I usually recommend taking the PSAT in 10th only IF the student has enough math so they won't be frustrated, and IF you think they may have a chance at the National Merit Scholarship the following year and they need the practice. Sometimes it makes sense to take the test if you need a cheap standardized test for your annual assessments :-) I'm hoping to have a newsletter article on the PSAT for my September issue. I'm still working on the August issue right now, though.
It's OK to take the ACT twice if you think you can raise your score. I wouldn't take it more than twice, though.
Thanks for the encouragement!
Can the PSAT given in October '08 be counted as the annual assessment for '08-'09? Our son took the ACT last fall ('07), could I use that for this year's annual assessment? I just heard that his Iowa Achievement test which I mailed a couple weeks ago was shredded by UPS. I should have made a copy of his answer sheet! If we can use the ACT then he will not have to retake the test. That would be fantastic! Should I call the superintendent's office to ask if his ACT would be adequate assessment? I'd rather not call them but I'd rather know than not know if it would count. Thanks for your helpful advice!
Whether or not those tests count as an annual assessment probably depends on state law.
The PSAT, SAT, and ACT are standardized tests, so if your state wants a standardized test each year, it will usually fit the bill. I would absolutely ask if it will cover the annual assessment, because that could really save you money!
I already took the SAT this May in the fifth (2012). I want to give the PSAT. I'm an 11th grader, well, ill be in 12th starting September. I don't think I can be qualified for the NMSQT anymore, CAN I?? Thanks.
You can only qualify for the NMSQT during junior year - sorry! However, for many colleges the SAT score is even more important, and can qualify you for great scholarships, sometimes even full scholarships, depending on the college.
Hello Mrs. Lee
I just want to verify this since it's been a couple years since anyone has posted. My daughter is signed up to take the sat for the first time this October 11, 2014. But the PSAT is on October 15, 2014. She is a junior this year and did very well last year on the PSAT so she was really wanted to "shoot for the stars" so to speak and try to get that national merit scholarship this year. But from what I see here she is allowed to do that. Correct? Thanks so much! Mary
It sounds like your daughter is really pushing herself! It's wonderful that she has lofty goals, but she may not need to take the PSAT again, since it's function is to prepare students for the SAT. You can read more in Lee's article: Take The PSAT for Fun And Profit
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