The PSAT is a College Board examination administered in October of every school year. It is an officially released version of a previously administered SAT exam. The exam is scored from 20-80 for each of the three parts, Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing. It is administered to all Wake County sophomores, and to freshmen and juniors who choose to register for the exam. The PSAT itself has NO bearing on college admissions. So, why take it?

    A) The PSAT provides you with good information about what you can do to prepare for the SAT examinations you might take later on.

    B) The PSAT is used by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation to qualify students for various scholarships based on their Junior year PSAT scores.

    C) Colleges and universities use the information from the PSAT as a means to begin communicating with students regarding higher education and financial aid opportunities.

    Click here to view a video about getting ready for the PSAT (2010)

    Click here for a powerpoint about interpreting the PSAT

    While all high school students and some middle school students can register to take the PSAT, the district will only pay for 11th grade students who are likely to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship. Any other students interested in taking the PSAT can pay $17 to take the assessment. The district will pay for the administration of current 11th grade students who have a GPA in the top 10% of the district. The GPA cutoff will be provided in the fall of each school year. Eleventh grade students with a GPA below the cutoff will pay the $17 exam fee. Schools are able to request fee waivers for any student who is unable to pay $17 fee. These requests will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.