PSAT coming on Saturday

PSAT coming on Saturday

Patrick Xie


Sophomores and juniors will be taking the PSAT on Sept. 16


Students interested in practicing for the SAT or qualifying for the National Merit Scholarship will take the PSAT on Sept. 16.

Sophomores and juniors will take the PSAT on Sept. 16 as a way to practice for the real SAT and qualify for the National Merit Scholarship. Photo by Patrick Xie.The PSAT is a two hour, ten minute test on writing, math, and reading, which is used as a practice for the real SAT.  Each section will be graded on a scale of 20 to 80 points per section, which totals up to 240 points.

After taking the PSAT, students will receive feedback on their strengths and weaknesses. Students also have the option of receiving their test results along with their test booklet back to reference what specific problems they missed.

Some students prepared by participating in PSAT classes at MVHS, which were taught by teachers Debbie Vanni and Martin Jennings to give students more practice.

The PSAT will be taken by a total of 285 sophomores and 475 juniors. All sophomores will be taking the PSAT in the field house, while juniors will be dispersed throughout the school in classrooms.

In September 2011, current juniors will be notified if they have qualified for the $2,500 National Merit Scholarship, with some schools offer full rides for national merit scholars. Only those scoring in the 99th percentile in the nation will qualify.