The PSAT/NMSQT is offered one time each year in October. Juniors are strongly advised to take the PSAT. The test is normed to juniors, so it is a valid indicator of where an individual stands in relation to the other college-bound juniors all over the country. It is also considered a strong indicator of the anticipated range of scores you will earn on the SAT. It also measures college and career readiness of students, in the areas of Math and English Reading & Writing, at their particular grade level. For those juniors whose test results rank in the top 2% in the nation, the PSAT also functions as the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship Program. The PSAT is administered at RHCS. Registration takes place in September. (Sophomores may register if space is available.)
Students in the 8th and 9th grades have an opportunity to take this exam in November. This exam measures a student's degree of college readiness at their particular grade level. It offers information as to the strengths and weaknesses of the student as well as helpful online resources. It is the beginning of the series of assessments offered by the CollegeBoard, which also include the PSAT/NMSQT and the SAT.