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2017-2018 PSAT information for Juniors


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September 2017


Dear Junior and Parents and Students:


On October 25th your student will have an opportunity to compete in the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) Program.  This is a voluntary test for juniors and its scores are used to determine if a student is eligible for the National Merit Scholarship Program.  In the past, some students have reached the semi-final and finalist standing in the program.  Some of these students received college sponsored and 4-year achievement scholarships because of obtaining high scores on the test.  Students who plan to apply for academic scholarships should sign up to take the test.


Besides competing in the national merit scholarship program, there are other reasons you might want to consider taking the test:


  1. You will gain testing experience for the Scholarship Aptitude Test and other tests.  The SAT is one you might take when applying for admission or financial aid for colleges outside of Kansas.
  2. You can predict your own SAT scores from your PSAT/NMSQT scores.
  3. You can compare your scores with other college-bound juniors across the nation.
  4. You can estimate your chances of getting into and succeeding at the college of your choice.
  5. You can participate in the Student Search Services and have your name sent to colleges that are looking for students with your qualities.
  6. You can become eligible for other types of scholarships other than the National Merit.


The PSAT/NMSQT requires one hour for instructions and two hours for taking the test.  The test measures verbal, math, and writing skills.  The test will be offered on OCTOBER 25th which is the only time the test administered.  There are NO make-up opportunities for this test. 


To register and pay to take the tests, please sign up by SEPT 22rd on the sheet in Mrs. Haug’s office.  The cost for the test is $16; please make checks payable to Onaga High School, if you send cash please send the exact amount.    The numbers of tests are limited so please sign up ASAP.


Mary Haug

School Counselor


Other items of interest:

Junior will take the WorkKey test on Sept 26th  


Juniors will take the ASVAB on October 10th


Junior should consider taking the ACT test on Feb 10th, April 14 or June 19, 2018.  The ACT is the test most 4 year colleges use for admission.  Students can register for the ACT at actstudent.org or see Mrs. Haug for more information and a study guide.