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11th grade PSAT Fall 2021

July 28, 2021
By LPA staff

11th grade PSAT standardized testing        Sat., Oct., 16, 2021. 

For: All Juniors                                 posted by Mrs. Applegate       July 28, 2021


Lake Pointe will be administering the PSAT/NMSQT on Saturday, October, 16, 2021. 

This is an optional test.

This is the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

To registration, respond to this email by August 13, 2021.


Who – Lake Pointe Academy juniors (full and part time students are eligible)


When – Saturday, October, 16, 2021

              Start time  8;30 a.m.

              End time   about 12;20 p.m.

Where – Lake Pointe Academy – Hands Mill Highway

Price - $25.00


This test is for juniors only.  Lake Pointe will host the PSAT for 10th grade students in the spring.

Please respond to this email by August, 13, 2021.

I would appreciate knowing if your student will or will not be sitting for the test. 

The tests will be ordered the middle of August.

I will be sending out additional emails with more testing specifics to participants as we approach the test date.

If you have any questions, please contact me via email or phone.

Thank you,

For those of you who wish more information on the PSAT/NMSQT:

There are four major reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT

It gives the student a realistic test-taking experience prior to sitting for the SAT.

It is an early indicator of strengths and weaknesses, which is useful for reaching your SAT goals.

It gives students a sense of how they would score on the SAT

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation uses the junior year PSAT/NMSQT scores to select candidates for their prestigious Merit Scholarship awards.

The PSAT/NMSQT is primarily a practice test.  It mirrors the SAT.  It is not required for college entrance, therefore, not all students choose to sit for it.  Many students, especially if they have taken the PSAT 10 in the spring of their 10th grade, choose to forgo the PSAT/NMSQT and start taking the SAT or ACT in the fall of their junior year.

The fourth reason deals with the National Merit Scholarship.

Sitting for the PSAT/NMSQT in the fall of a student’s junior year is required to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an annual academic competition in which high school students compete for college scholarships and recognition.  Winning a National Merit Scholarship is a fairly difficult undertaking. Each year, the NMSC screens approximately 1.5 million qualifying entrants. Of those entrants, only about 16,000 students will be named Semifinalists based on their PSAT scores and other achievements. In order to qualify, students must score in the top 1% of test takers in their state.

There are three different types of Merit Scholarship Awards:

National Merit $2,500 Awards provide a single payment of $2,500 towards the student’s first year of college.

Corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarships are awarded to students who meet criteria specified by a corporate sponsor. These awards can range from $2,500 to $5,000 for a single payment and $1,000 to $10,000 for renewable awards.

College-sponsored Merit Scholarships are provided to Finalists who attend the college that is sponsoring the award. The monetary value varies by college.  

There is more specific information concerning the types of questions on the test, practice test questions, as well as more specific information concerning the National Merit Scholarship at


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