Three misconceptions that prevent your child from getting scholarships before college.

Did you know your child can qualify for scholarships even before college? Many students and parents do not realize the power PSAT10 and PSAT/NMSQT hold. Here are some common misconceptions associated with these tests and steps you can take to increase opportunities for your child.

Misconception 1: My child can’t get scholarships while in high school.

Reality: High school students are eligible for wide range of scholarships, including scholarships directly linked to the PSAT10 and PSAT/NMSQT results. The College Board’s new scholarship partners provide millions of dollars to qualified low-income and minority students—and they use the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT10 to help find them.

"A total of 7,367 Merit Scholar® designees in 2016 were chosen from the Finalist group to receive Merit Scholarship awards worth a total of $31.3 million. An additional 1,159 outstanding program participants, who were not Finalists but met criteria specified by corporate and business sponsors, received Special Scholarships valued at $10.9 million. " - National Merit Scholarship Program

Misconception 2: PSAT 10 and PSAT/NMSQT are not important. They are just a practice before the real test - SAT.

Reality: When you take the PSAT/NMSQT, you’re automatically screened for the National Merit® Scholarship Program, a national academic competition for recognition and scholarships. Universities are watching top performers on these tests and award with substantial scholarships (in some cases $100K or more) and acceptance to their competitive programs. Partner corporations, foundations and organization provide scholarships and internships. In addition, your high school receives comprehensive report on your child following PSAT 10 and PSAT/NMSQT. It tells them what your child is capable of, and serves as a base of making decisions towards potential educational paths. Better scores - better chances of getting into stronger and more competitive programs.

Misconception 3: My child does not need to prepare for PSAT 10 and PSAT/NMSQT.

Reality: You can only take PSAT/NMSQT in October of Junior Year - you have only one shot to do it. While you can take SAT many times, PSAT/NMSQT that opens so many doors for your child does not allow any retakes. Therefore, take this test seriously. 

How to Prepare for PSAT10 and PSAT/MNSQT:

1. Start preparation early - at least six to eight weeks in advance.

2. Be over-prepared for PSAT by studying for SAT. In essence, PSAT is a simplified version of SAT. When you your child prepares for SAT, he or she is prepared for challenges of PSAT.