You can take it if you would like to practice in a realistic setting for the SAT you will be taking in April.  The SAT is one of 2 college entrance exams accepted by colleges and universities as part of the data they use to consider applicants for admission.  (The other exam is the ACT.)  The PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test) is a similar test as the SAT by the same company (College Board) and is geared to better prepare students for the SAT.  Please click here for more information.  
This particular PSAT test is also the NMSQT, National Merit Scholarship Qualifying TestClick here to go to their website for more information.  Students who take this test and score in the top 2-4 percentile, can qualify for recognition and may be candidates for Special Scholarships provided by corporate and business sponsors. Students whose scores place them in the top 1 percentile may be semifinalists for the $2,500 National Merit Scholarship.    

On test day, we will be following all COVID 19 safety procedures directed by the San Juan Basin Health Department including:
  • Wearing masks correctly, over the mouth and nose, inside the building at all times.
  • Taking temperatures and asking questions about each student's health as they enter the testing room. (If a student's temperature is above 98.6 or an answer to any question is yes, the student will not be able to participate and be asked to return home.)  
  • Staying at least 6 feet apart from others.

The PSAT/NMSQT test consists of:

  • The Reading Test – 60 minutes, 47 questions
  • The Writing and Language Test – 35 minutes, 44 questions
  • Math Test, No Calculator Portion – 25 minutes, 17 questions
  • Math Test, Calculator Portion – 45 minutes, 31 questions
  • Total testing time of 2 hours and 45 minutes.
  • There is a preliminary section that requires students to fill out information (both contact info and scholastic info) that will take up to 45 minutes to complete as well as 2 breaks during the test.
Please let me know no later than Thurs, Dec. 17 if you would like to take this test in the SWCeS Student Center on January 26.  The test is free.  
Thank you,

Kelly Powell
Southwest Colorado eSchool
School Counselor, Teacher
(970) 749-5043