Monday, October 13, 2014

Sophomores & Juniors Prepare for PSAT/NMSQT

Sophomore and junior students will be taking the  PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/
National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) at Island School on Wednesday, October 15 at 7:50 a.m. The test is two hours and ten minutes (plus approximately 45-50 minutes for administrative duties).

The PSAT/NMSQT measures:
  • Critical reading, mathematical reasoning, and writing skills that are
  • important for success in college;
  • Knowledge and skills developed through years of study in a wide
  • range of subjects;
  • Ability to reason with facts and concepts rather than the ability to
  • recall them.

Taking the PSAT/NMSQT as a junior also qualifies students to enter the National Merit Scholarship Corporation competitions as well as prepare for the SAT. All students will receive a detailed score report with personalized skills feedback for each section of the test.

Last month, all sophomores and juniors were given a copy of the Official Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT, along with a full-length practice test. Students can also go to for sample questions and practice test answer explanations or to to learn about the skills tested on the PSAT/NMSQT and try practice questions for each skill.

Please save the date of Wednesday, November 12, for Island School’s College Night. If you have questions about the upcoming testing or any aspect of Island School’s college counseling program, please email Joan Shaw at or call 246-0233, ext. 232.