Upcoming PSAT and NMSQT

By: Kyra Richardson, Reporter

On the 26th of January, the students of ASCTE will be testing their knowledge with the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test, otherwise known as the PSAT. The Freshmen will be taking the PSAT 9, while the Sophomores will take the PSAT/NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test). The NMSQT is a standardized test that opens students up to scholarship offers based on their scores. 

After interviewing our teachers about their plans to prepare us for the test, this is the feedback we received: 

Mrs. Dugger, ASCTE’s Language Arts and Technical Writing teacher, explained her methods; “We started preparing this week through cold-read passages to correlate with the evidence-based reading portion of the PSAT. We have also started doing mini-lessons to review grammar concepts. These mini-lessons will help more with the evidence-based writing part [of the test]. I have also made sure to explain the format of the test because some students don’t know how the test is composed. All of the teachers have also been helping students with test-taking strategies.”

In preparation for the math portion of the test, Mr. Bohon has discussed his plan moving forward, “We are practicing, mostly reviewing, basic algebra skills using an online website called Odysseyware. There is also the 201 Precalculus class that includes standards that cover most SAT/ACT material.”

Along with in-class preparation, there are plenty of other resources for students to use. There are several different options for PSAT Student Guide textbooks that can be purchased and practice tests that students can take. Another option is enrolling in an online PSAT Prep course. We have provided links below to several online courses, instruction material, and textbooks.

https://www.amazon.com/PSAT-NMSQT-Prep-2021-Strategies/dp/1506262511

https://www.commonlit.org/

https://www.khanacademy.org/test-prep/sat/new-sat-tips-planning

With the upcoming PSATs, we wish all the students good luck and happy prepping! 

Edited by: Seth Birdsong. Tanner Wright, Jaelyn Longino

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