PSAT Exam Information

Fri, 09/11/2015 - 11:52am

In agreement with Howard County, the State of Maryland, and the College Board, all 10th and 11th grade students in Howard County will participate in the Preliminary SAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) during the school day on Wednesday, October 14, 2015.  This year's PSAT Exam will reflect the redesigned/new SAT which will begin administration in March of 2016.


The test will be FREE of charge to all 10th and 11th grade students, who are currently enrolled students at Howard High School.  Students are automatic enrolled to take test and will during the school day on October 14, 2015.  This test is a great opportunity for current sophomores and juniors to experience a standardized test, which provides students with firsthand practice for the SAT Reasoning Test.  It also gives 11th grade students a chance to enter the National Merit Scholarship Corporation Scholarship programs.


Students who are in the 9th grade and wish to take the test may do so, as well.  There is a charge of $15.00 per student.  Students may bring in a check, made payable to Howard High School to Ms. Palermo, beginning September 15 to September 30, before school in the Student Services department.  This fee must be paid in order to take the test.


The PSAT/NMSQT measures students in three areas: critical reading skills, math problem solving and writing skills.  All students registered to take the PSAT will receive the PSAT Student Bulletin in their English classes.  Students and parents please take the time to review the bulletin in preparation for the PSAT on October 14th.  The bulletin contains valuable information such as, types of questions on the PSAT, tips and hints on how to take the PSAT, scholarship information, as well as a practice test, with an answer sheet.  Student will receive a detailed score report in January 2016.  The report will include detailed information on how the student scored for each question as well as a comparison to how the student may score for the SAT when taken.  


On the day of the test students will need the following items:

-      An approved calculator (please refer to page 4 in the Student Bulletin, Test Regulations)

-      Student ID number

-      A possible college major and career interest that he or she might want to pursue after high school

-      Two sharpened #2 pencils with erasers (no mechanical pencils) 

-      Extra batteries