For many students, that first step in the college admissions process takes place when they register for the SAT or ACT. Many colleges and universities require that scores from one of these tests be sent as part of their admissions application. Most students take the SAT or ACT during the second semester of their junior year with some taking one of them again in the fall of their senior year.
Prior to taking the SAT or ACT, juniors take the PSAT during October of their junior year.The PSAT is a great practice for the SAT. Students who score in the 3% in the nation can qualify for participation National Merit Scholarship Program with the top 1% qualifying as National Merit semi -finalists and scholarships. Students scoring in the top 3% but not the top 1% are recognized as Commended students by the National Merit program.
Taking the PSAT also allows students that identify themselves as Black Americans to participate in the National Achievement Scholarship Program. This scholarship program is similar to the National Merit program in that it recognizes students who score in the top 3% of Black Americans as Outstanding Participants in the National Achievement program with the top 1% qualifying as semi-finalists in the program.
The National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) is also accessed by taking the PSAT as a junior. Students who identify as one-quarter Hispanic/Latino as defined by the NHRP who score within the top 2.5% (5000) of Hispanic/Latino students taking the PSAT and meet certain other requirements have their names sent on to colleges and universities interested in academically outstanding seniors of Hispanic/Latino heritage. While currently there is no direct scholarship associated with the NHRP, students may qualify for scholarships at individual colleges and universities.
Thomas Jefferson’s career center subscribes to Career Cruising and WOIS (Washington Occupational Information Services) an online career information service that now includes test prep materials for the PSAT, SAT and ACTthrough Petersons. Please see Ms Restrepo for our WOIS site key and instructions on how to access this important test prep resource.
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