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SAT ll


(Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test)
Information for Sophomores & Juniors

Important Critical Reading Practice - The reading comprehension and sentence completion question will give you practice for the Critical Reading section of the PSAT/NMSQT and the SAT.

Important Math Practice - The PSAT/NMSQT contains most of the content and all of the question types that will be included on the SAT. *Additional Math topics – which you currently use in school – will be provided when you get your score report to give you plenty of time to prepare.

Important Writing Skills Practice - The PSAT/NMSQT Writing Skills section is great practice for the SAT tests because it contains the kind of questions that will be on the SAT. Additionally, your school will receive information to help prepare you for the essay portion of the SAT.

Insight into How You Compare with the Rest of Your Class - The PSAT/NMSQT can tell you how you compare to a million college-bound tenth and eleventh grade students in the three areas (Verbal/Critical Reading, Math and Writing Skills) that will be on the SAT. This gives you a national perspective of your comparative performance.

Early Diagnostic Information to Help You Improve Your Academic Skills - The PSAT/NMSQT will provide information on the academic skills on which you need to work to improve your performance in school, in college, on the PSAT/NMSQT and on the SAT.

“NMSQT” Qualifying Test - The PSAT/NMSQT is used to qualify you for the National Merit Scholarship.

A Nationally Standardized Testing Experience - Taking the PSAT/NMSQT gives you an idea of what it is like to take a secure, nationally standardized test that is administered under the same conditions as the new tests. This will help make you a more comfortable and experienced test-taker.

A Measure of the Critical Skills Colleges Value - The PSAT/NMSQT will measure the reasoning skills that are taught in your classrooms, tested on the PSAT/NMSQT and SAT and valued by colleges.

Nothing to Lose and a Lot to Gain - Not taking the PSAT/NMSQT could place you one step behind approximately one million juniors and sophomores who do take advantage of this inexpensive and comprehensive assessment that provides valuable practice for the PSAT/NMSQT and the SAT.

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  • Sample test questions
  • Information on the changes to the PSAT/NMSQT and the SAT
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