by Chrissy Foran, former financial aid officer at Washington State University
Almost every high school student has heard of the National Merit Scholarship, a program associated with their Preliminary SAT (PSAT) results. The PSAT is a national exam that students take in their sophomore and/or junior year of high school. For most test takers, the PSAT is considered a practice SAT exam, but for the highest performers, top marks could lead to some college scholarships. It’s important to note that the scholarships awarded through the National Merit program are available only to those students who take the test in their junior year of high school.