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PSAT/NMSQT: Preliminary SAT

PSAT/NMSQT stands for Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. It provides a great practice for the SAT Reasoning Test for 10th-12th grade students. It also gives you a chance to enter National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) scholarship programs as an 11th grader. In December, students will receive an Official Score Report detailing their scores in critical reading, mathematics and writing skills so they can see how their scores compare to those of other students across the country. Students will also receive free access to My College Quick Start, an online college and career planning tool.

10th-12th graders are eligible to take this test. The test is given at the Everett Area High School in October each year. The cost is $14 and must be paid when registering in the Guidance Office. Students must sign-up by the posted deadline due to limited test booklets. Once students pay the testing fee, they will receive practice materials. It is on a first come-first serve basis, so don't delay. Please call Jackie Akers-Garland, Guidance Office Assistant, 814-652-9114 x1020 to register. For more information visit the College Board website http://www.collegeboard.com/ .


The ASVAB was originally designed to predict future academic and occupational success in military occupations. It recently was re-designed to be helpful to virtually all students, whether they are planning on immediate employment after high school in civilian or military occupations, or further education at a university, community college, or vocational institutions.

Several composite scores are formed from different combinations of ASVAB test scores. Three composites, or Career Exploration Scores, are provided specifically to help students engage in career exploration. These scores help students to get a good sense of their verbal, math, and science and technical skills compared to other students in the same grade. The ASVAB Career Exploration Program can help you identify your interests, clarify what is important to you, and better understand your skills and abilities. This test is voluntary and given by a test administrator from the Department of Defense. ASVAB results are reported to students and counselors on the ASVAB Summary Results sheet by Student Test Coordinators.

SAT: Scholastic Aptitude Test

This test is used in many college admission processes. Students need to be registered for a specific testing date at a specific testing location.

Cost is $52.50. Students receiving free or reduced lunch are eligible for a fee waiver! Students can register online and find useful test preparation materials at http://www.collegeboard.com/ . It is recommended that students begin to take the SAT during the Spring of their Junior year. This allows time for repeated tests if needed. Paper materials are available in the Guidance Office if needed. Miss Leiderman is also available to meet with students concerning SAT prep and test taking strategies.

The SAT and the ACT

The majority of colleges and universities in the US require their applicants to take either the SAT or ACT and then use their scores as a part of their admissions criteria. Does this mean that scores are important? Yes. But does it also mean that they're the most important part of your student profile? No. However, when you are a junior, it is a wise decision to take either one, or both, of these tests; you will be able to see how your scores compare to the admissions criteria of universities you're interested in attending.

How do I register for the SAT or ACT?

www.sat.collegeboard.org is your number one resource for all that is the SAT.www.actstudent.org is where you can register for the ACT.When you register for either test, make sure you record your username and password in a safe place!Save it in your cellphone or write it in your assignment notebook.

What is Everett Area High School's code when registering for the SAT?

*If you are on the free or reduced lunch list, you can qualify for a fee waiver (you'll be able to take the test for free) - see Miss Breth in the Guidance Office for more details

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