Tenth and eleventh graders: it is time to sign up for the PSAT (pre-SAT) and PreACT exams. The PSAT and PreACT are excellent opportunities to assess which college entrance exam your child prefers. Save the score report that your child will receive after she takes the test. Your family can use the score report to assess her strengths and weaknesses to implement a test prep program.
Both the PSAT and PreACT simulate the SAT and ACT exams and give your child experience taking the test. Scores are not reported directly to the colleges so your child has nothing to lose by taking the test. They are both useful to see which one your child feels more comfortable with.
The PSAT also serves as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Juniors taking the test that score at the top of the applicant pool can qualify for substantial scholarships (read: up to full tuition) from third parties and colleges. This provides even more of a reason to take the PSAT.
If you have any questions about the PSAT or PreACT, contact your child’s guidance counselor. Many high schools administer the test, and if it is not offered at your child’s high school, they should be able to tell you where in your community it is offered.