Helping Students Prepare
Getting your students ready for the PSAT/NMSQT
When students take the PSAT/NMSQT, they are not required to recall facts—even the math formulas needed are supplied to them. Instead, the PSAT/NMSQT measures reasoning skills—for instance, knowing when to choose one of those math formulas and how to use it to arrive at the correct answer.
It takes time to develop reasoning skills, and that's why the best preparation for the PSAT/NMSQT is long term:
- Taking the most challenging courses students can handle
- Reading widely
- Writing frequently
- Studying hard
- Getting involved in problem-solving activities through clubs, sports, hobbies, part-time jobs, etc.
This is the same preparation necessary for the SAT®—and for success in college-level course work.
Read on for information on short-term preparation for the PSAT/NMSQT:
- Test by Section: Take a closer look at the critical reading, mathematics, and writing skills sections of the tests.
- Approaches & Strategies: Tips on familiarizing your students with the PSAT/NMSQT before test day.
- Resources & Tools: Downloads to help you prepare your students and their families for the PSAT/NMSQT.