Educational Guide: PSAT & NMSQT College Entrance Exams

The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test prepares high school students for entrance examinations for colleges and universities.

The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, (PSAT/NMSQT) is a test given to young high school students with a desire to attend college after receiving their high school diploma. This test is a wonderful way to prepare for other entrance examinations required by colleges and universities such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test.

The test is administered by the College Board, a national, nonprofit association "dedicated to preparing, inspiring, and connecting students to college and opportunity". The College Board was founded in 1900 and now boasts more than 3,800 schools, colleges, universities, and other educational organizations in their membership. The College Board helps over three million students in 22,000 high schools connect with 3,500 colleges through their services every year.

To register for the PSAT tests, you need to complete a registration by contacting your local high school guidance office. Once you've registered and paid a small administration fee, you'll be informed of the test date, time and location. The PPSAT/NMSQT measures your critical reading, math problem-solving, and writing skills. Your scores are then tallied and made available to you for submission to the college or university of your choice.

Three types of verbal questions are given including analogy questions, sentence completion- questions and critical reading questions. Analogy questions score your knowledge of word definitions, relationships in a pair of words, and of a parallel relationship between words. Sentence Completion questions check your knowledge of definitions and how parts of a sentence fit together. Critical Reading questions are a way of checking your ability to read and think about a reading passage.

Three types of math questions are used including five-choice multiple-choice, four-choice quantitative comparison questions and student-produced response questions. You should know math concepts that include Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and logical reasoning.

High school students looking at a future that includes college are way ahead of the game if they complete the PSAT/NMSQT test and prepare for future college entrance exams. It's a great way to let colleges know you're interested in them.

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