The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) measures verbal and mathematical reasoning abilities. Taking the test enables students to practice for the SAT, enter scholarship competitions, seek information from colleges, and get feedback about academic skills before beginning the college application process. Scores are reported on a scale of 200 to 800. While national mean scores are at the center of the scale, with a combined score of 800, many Yeshiva students have traditionally averaged well above with combined scores of 1100.
Registration for the PSAT/NMSQT is handled by the Ma’or office rather than by the individual student. It is a requirement for all of our 10th and 11th graders to take this exam.
It is important that both parents and students be aware of the sequencing of events leading up to and taking the SAT Exams.
Each year six opportunities are made available for students to take the SAT's and ACT's. We have notated 4 such dates and the deadline for signing up for each on the Ma’or calendar. Our suggestion is that each student takes the June SAT/ACT in the 11th grade and the November/December SAT/ACT in the 12th grade. The SAT manual from the College Board will be given out to Senior’s next week and the Junior class right after they have taken their PSAT exams. This booklet has all of the dates and includes all of the information regarding signing up, costs, as well as other pertinent information. We will include a Shabbat observance letter in each booklet which you will need to allow you to take the SAT or ACT on Sunday, as opposed to the standard Saturday test.
Our school code # is 311592.
You will be informed about the SAT and the ACT tests. Depending on the colleges that you will be choosing, they may require you to take these tests. College guidance for our students begins in November of Junior year. For any college guidance assistance, contact our guidance councilor, Roni Rosenberg. For further information as to what the SAT and ACT tests are, please go to collegeboard.org and act.org for a full explanation.