College Board is an American private nonprofit corporation formed in 1899 to expand access to higher education. College Board is not an association of colleges, however it runs a membership association of institutions, including over 6,000 schools, colleges, universities and other educational organizations. College Board develops and administers several standardized tests including the SAT, PSAT, SAT Subject Tests and Advanced Placement tests. It also develops curricula used by K-12 and post-secondary education institutions to promote college-readiness and as part of the college admissions process.
The PSAT tests focus on preparing younger students for the SAT and also in the case of the PSAT/NMSQT qualification for the National Merit Scholarship program. The SAT and SAT Subject tests focus on High School students preparing to apply for colleges and universities. The SAT is the main test that many students take (or the ACT) for basic admission requirements. The SAT Subject tests build on this to provide additional credentials for the student wanting placement in some of the better schools. The Advance Placement (AP) program is University level courses provided to High School students. High scores from the AP program can enable students admissions to the best schools and in some cases can count for University course credit.
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The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a standardized test administered by the College Board and cosponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) in the United States. Approximately 3.5 million students take the PSAT/NMSQT each year.
There are three versions of the PSAT. The PSAT 8/9 is designed for high school freshman students and the PSAT 10 for sophomore students. Both can safely be considered “Practice” SAT tests. The PSAT/NMSQT is designed for high school junior students (year 11) and other than the difficulty levels is very similar to the PSAT 10 (given at different times of the year). Students that take the PSAT/NMSQT are automatically screened for the National Merit Scholarship program. more…