PSATs are looming in the near future, and it's sometimes hard to remember why kids need yet another test. Students spend tons of time and resources studying for the SATs, but the PSATs don't count towards the college admission process. There are several benefits for practicing this college-readiness test, including the possibility of leaving more cash in your wallet.

  1. Scholarship Money: The PSAT will not count towards college admissions; however, the PSATs also double as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT). That means that when your student takes the PSAT, they are also being considered for scholarship money. More scholarship money means less money out of your pocket or in college debt for your child! (yay!) For more information on how the PSATs can impact scholarship opportunities, check out the article here.
  2. Focus Study Time: Although the PSATs don't count towards college admission requirements, the SAT is a huge part of a strong college application. The PSAT will identify areas where your students needs to spend the most time studying before the official SAT. If they're very strong in some areas, then they can spend their study time on their weaker areas. That way, when the SAT comes along, they're able to prepare wisely.
  3. Practice the SAT: As simple and basic as it seems, it is actually extremely beneficial for students to practice the format of the tests before the official SAT. A lot of anxiety and fear for students could be based on the uncertainty of what they will face come test day. The PSAT helps them become familiar with the format and timing, so there aren't any unknowns come test day.

Is your child nervous about the upcoming PSAT? There are several online resources from College Board to prepare before the practice test. As always, before any test, encourage your child to eat a good breakfast, and get some extra sleep the night before.