Overview of the PSAT
- PSAT Wiki
- Get to know what you're getting into. We like to start simple when it comes to the PSAT. It helps reduce the myths you may have heard about taking the test.
- College Board Home Page for the PSAT
- Have a look at the company that administers the exam. The site is a central resource for learning about and preparing for the test. Try to read through all the background information. Register for the test, get practice materials and eventually obtain your child’s score.
- Understanding Your Score
- An explanation of the score report from the college board.
- Scholarship Programs
- Scoring well on the PSAT allows you to enter various scholarship programs. These programs are good in and of themselves and they are also helpful for building your resume.
- National Merit Scholarship Corporation
- A National Merit Scholarship is one type of scholarship associated with the PSAT. It is a distinction you might hear your peers discussing as PSAT time comes around, and you will know all about it after following this link!
Recommended (or At Least Decent) Commercial Books
- Kaplan PSAT/NMSQT 2015
- Comprehensive review of all topics on the PSAT, including four full-length practice tests. A popular book for PSAT preparation.
- Cracking the PSAT/NMSQT, 2014 Edition, 2012 Edition
- This book is put out by the Princeton Review and has solid vocabulary review and math drills. It also has two full-length practice tests.
- PSAT/NMSQT w/ CD-ROM: Your Total Solution
- A little off the beaten track of huge test prep companies, this book provides a good review for all aspects of the PSAT. It includes two full-length practice tests with the added bonus of a vocabulary iPhone app.
- Gruber's Complete PSAT/NMSQT Guide 2015
- Another book slightly off the beaten track, although Gruber's materials are frequently used for test prep. A solid, comprehensive prep book for the PSAT.
See our SAT Resources in particular for vocabulary practice.