Priscilla Rodriguez: December 31, 2019


Understanding What the PSAT/NMSQT Score Means and Tips to Help Your Child Prepare for the SAT and College


Priscilla Rodriguez

Vice President, College Readiness Assessments, The College Board



Is your child ready for college? Every year, about 4 million 10th- and 11th-grade students take the PSAT/NMSQT®, which determines qualification for the National Merit® Scholarship Program and is good practice for the SAT.  Students taking the PSAT/NMSQT have access to more than $230 million annually through the College Board’s scholarship partners.


The PSAT/NMSQT also plays a key role in college readiness. In early December, when students get their PSAT/NMSQT score reports, they can find out which skills to focus on to prepare for the SAT®.


Did You Know?


  • The PSAT/NMSQT score reports give students the chance to find out their strengths and areas for improvement.
  • The best way for students to prepare for the SAT is to link their College Board account to Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy® to get a free, personalized practice plan based on their scores.
  • PSAT/NMSQT scores are a great predictor of students’ likelihood to succeed in Advanced Placement® courses.
  • Once students embark on a SAT practice plan, juniors are also eligible to participate in the new College Board Opportunity Scholarships program, which opens for them in December, where students can earn up to $2,000 for improving their SAT score. 


Priscilla Rodriguez will share tips on understanding your child’s PSAT/NMSQT scores and how to build a personalized SAT practice plan.



About Priscilla Rodriguez

Priscilla Rodriguez is the vice president of College Readiness Assessments at the College Board, where she leads the organization’s programs and services related to the SAT Suite of Assessments, including the SAT and PSAT-related assessments. She previously spearheaded the development of the College Board Opportunity Scholarships program. Prior to joining the College Board, Priscilla was an SVP at the Poses Family Foundation, where she led the Webby-winning resource for parents of children with learning and attention issues, Priscilla is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Harvard Business School.


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