Taking PSAT





The PSAT will take place on Wednesday, October 19, from 8 to noon here at FTHS. We will be taking “The New PSAT” and we encourage all 11th grade students and many 10th grade students to take the PSAT. Space is limited to 500 students and the cost of the PSAT is $20 with 11th graders being allowed to sign up first. Students on the Free and Reduced lunch program will be allowed to sign up for the PSAT at no cost. When it is time for students to sign up an announcement will be made over the intercom – please sign up at the Student Store with a check for $20 payable to FTHS. See the information below from College Board, makers of the PSAT and SAT about the test.

The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It’s a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT®. It also gives you a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools.

The PSAT/NMSQT measures:

  • Critical reading skills § Math problem-solving skills

  • Writing skills you have developed these skills over many years, both in and out of school.

  • This test doesn’t require you to recall specific facts from your classes.

The most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are to:

  • Receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study.

  • You can then focus your preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice.

  • See how your performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college.

  • Enter the competition for scholarships from NMSC (grade 11).

  • Help prepare for the SAT. You can become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions you will see on the SAT.

  • Receive information from colleges when you check “yes” to Student Search Service.