John Rickert, Principal
1626 Balltown Rd., Niskayuna NY 12309
Phone: (518) 382-2511, Ext. 21701  Fax: (518) 382-2539


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Sophomores are encouraged to consider the PSAT given at Niskayuna High School. There is an $22 fee per test; and sign up is in the NHS Counseling Center.

Students often ask, "Do I have to take the PSAT?

While you don't have to take it, we HIGHLY recommend that you do. Here's why: PSAT prepares you to take the SATs; Some colleges require the SATs, some the ACTs, and some will take either.

PSAT/NMSQT stands for Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT Reasoning Test and gives you a chance to enter National Merit Scholarship programs when taken in your junior year. It measure three areas: critical reading skills, math problem solving skills and writing skills. Number one reason to take the it is to receive feedback on strengths and weaknesses in these skills areas. Then you know where to focus when preparing for the SATs. In fact, the kinds of questions and directions on the PSAT are very similar to those on the SAT. You can also see how your performance might compare with others applying to colleges you are interested in. And, you can begin to receive information from colleges if you check "YES" to Student Search Service when applying. For more information on the PSAT/NMSQT visit the College Board website.

What tests to take and how to do your best on them is part of the conversation you need to have with your school counselor. If you have questions or would like more information, please stop by the Counseling Center and make an appointment to see your counselor. The counselors have a clipboard outside their office door where you can sign up to see them. Or, email your counselor. Email addresses are listed on the Counselor Page.