The PSAT is given to high school in October of their junior year. Most parents focus on getting their children prepared for the SAT and/or ACT, but they ignore the PSAT/NMSQT. That is a huge mistake. The PSAT/NMSQT is a critically important part of the college search process. Colleges use the scores and information your student provides on the PSAT/NMSQT to begin recruiting you. It also places you in serious contention for scholarship money from the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and other associated programs. The PSAT/NMSQT is similar to the SAT – only shorter. There is a reading section, a math section, and a writing section. There is no essay. Your score on the PSAT is frequently a good indicator of how much preparation you need for the SAT. If you want to jump-start your college search process and your scholarship hunt, and have colleges chasing you, and not the other way around, I encourage you to get tutoring help for the PSAT/NMSQT. There’s simply too much at stake not to do so.