PSAT/SAT Information

    SAT & PSAT are multiple choice tests that measure:
    • Critical Reading
    • Mathematical problem solving
    • Writing abilities

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    PSAT scores are a strong indicator of your first SAT score.

    BPS administers the test on the second Wednesday in October, each year.

    The District will cover the cost for all BPS 10th and 11th grade students.

    PSAT  The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT®. It also gives you a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools.  You must sign up for the PSAT/NMSQT at your high school or at another high school in your community. This test is administered by high schools, not through test centers. Online registration for the PSAT/NMSQT is not available. Please note that each high school chooses only one October test date. Click for testing dates.
    Reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT:
    • Compare your ability to do college work with the ability of other college-bound students.
    • It measures reading, math and writing skills needed for college.
    • Practice for taking the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) because the questions and scores are similar. The score report will allow you to analyze your strengths and weaknesses.
    • First step in entering the scholarship programs conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Cooperation (NMSC).
    • Some colleges give scholarship money based upon your PSAT score.
    • You may receive information from colleges and universities (PSAT takers receive free access to My College Quickstart at 

    The College Board's PSAT Information 

    Preparing for the PSAT


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    SAT is offered several times a year. Most students take the SAT for the first time during the spring of their junior year and a second time during the fall of their senior year. Click for registration and testing dates.
    Reasons for taking the SAT:
    • All colleges accept the SAT as an objective measurement of students' college readiness.
    • Used with GPAs and high school transcripts, SAT scores allow colleges to fairly compare applicants.
    • Taking the SAT gives students access to scholarship opportunities.
    • Most colleges require an admission test like the SAT.
    • The SAT provides students with the most comprehensive performance feedback of any admission test.
    • Many institutions require a writing assessment for admission. Students who take the SAT automatically fulfill such requirements.
    The College Board's SAT Information
    The College Board's SAT Subject Test Preparation
    The College Board SAT remains the the most reliable, effective measure of a student's college readiness. The SAT tests how well students learned the subject matter in high school and how well they apply that knowledge. The College Board SAT scores are used by colleges and universities in the admissions process and provides students with the most comprehensive performance feedback of any admission test.

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