The PSAT is the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship. Unfortunately, National Merit is only awarded to students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. That’s why taking the PSAT as an international student may not seem obvious. After all, why does the PSAT matter if you aren’t going to get National Merit?
It turns our that, even if you are not a U.S. citizen, it might still be a good idea to take the PSAT. Here’s why:
1. Get courted by universities
When you take the PSAT as an international student, you can opt-in to the Student Search Service. This is a free program that lets you look up colleges and scholarship opportunities.
It also gives certain colleges and scholarships information about you. That means that… keep reading
2. Discover your weaknesses
Taking the PSAT is a great way to predict how you will do on the SAT — and start paying more attention to those areas where you are weak.
“PSAT scores can give students a good indication of how they might score on the SAT if they were to take the test with no additional practice or preparation.”
— Dan Edmonds, Forbes Magazine
You normally take the PSAT as a sophomore or a junior in high school. That means that you will have one or two years after taking it before you need to take the real SAT and apply to colleges. If you find…
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