PSAT/NMSQT Resources

  • Taking the PSAT:

    The PSAT is designed as a test for high school juniors.  Lake George High School administers the PSAT each October on the weekday test date established by The College Board.  Juniors are encouraged to take the test if they plan to apply to 2 or 4 year colleges in their senior year.  Sophomores and younger students may also sit for the test; 10th graders (or younger students) interested in taking the PSAT should discuss their interest with their school counselor.

    The PSAT serves as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT).  For this reason, you will often see the PSAT identified as the PSAT/NMSQT.  Learn more about the National Merit Scholarship Program here.

    More PSAT information (CollegeBoard)


    After you've taken the PSAT:

    As a PSAT test-taker, you now have a personalized resource --your PSAT online score report-- that will help you prepare for the SAT by highlighting your strong and weak skill areas, and by making it easy to review incorrect and omitted answers.  If you link accounts you create with College Board and Kahn Academy, Kahn will use your PSAT results to create a personalized SAT study plan for you to follow.

    PSAT Online Score Report demo (sample student data)

    Seeing your PSAT scores is not the end of the process--it's the beginning of personalized preparation for future SAT tests.
    Here are some important steps to make use of your PSAT experience:
    1. Review and understand the information on your PSAT Score Report.  It will help you identify skills and content areas that need improvement.

    2. Link your online PSAT score report to Kahn Academy.  Kahn will develop a personalized prep plan for you based on your performance on the PSAT. (see video below)

    3. Commit to regular prep work to become more familiar with the test format and content, and to strengthen the weak areas identified on your PSAT.

    4. Click here to read more about the PSAT/NMSQT and your score report.

    Tips on preparing for the SAT:

    • Create a College Board account so you can interact with your PSAT Score Report online
    • Correct your PSAT using your online score report.  Learn from your mistakes.
    • Download the SAT Question of the Day App for "low-dosage prep".
    • Create a Kahn Academy account and link it to your College Board account in order to allow Kahn to develop a personalized SAT pre plan based on your PSAT results.
    • Read, Read, Read. (expose yourself to good sentence structure, grammar, etc)
    • Invest in your current math class

    SAT scores are a tool you can use to CREATE opportunities for yourself (e.g. college admissions, merit scholarships).  Improving your scores can be accomplished, but it takes time and effort...and therefore, a plan.

    As you consider your college entrance testing plan, don't forget to learn about the ACT (the OTHER college entrance test).  The ACT may be a better entrance test for you given your academic and test-taking profile.  Many juniors take both the SAT and ACT.

    More ACT information