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PSAT test is a key tool in getting college scholarships for homeschoolers


How do I find out about homeschoolers taking the PSAT test?  When should it be taken and what is it used for?

The PSAT is an acronym for the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test, also called the Practice SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test).  One of its main functions is to be a practice for the SAT college entrance test.  As such, it is set up in the same format as the SAT, and the scoring of the PSAT will give a good gauge for the scores likely to be achieved on the SAT.

Where and when to take the PSAT

In the Phoenix area, homeschoolers can take the PSAT at the public high schools, or in a homeschool environment at Covenant Home School Resource Center.  It is offered only once each year, the second week in October, and participating venues can choose to offer it during the week or on a Saturday.  Contact the administering school by September 1 to be included.  The test is only official during the 11th grade (or final year of high school in some circumstances), but may be taken for practice even as early as junior high.

PSAT/NMSQT Scholarship Program

Besides being a practice, the test has one other unique function, that of a tool to find the top scoring students who will be part of the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) program.

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