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Test Preparation Materials

A guide to the test preparation materials available in the OHS Library, Frederick County Public Libraries, and online.

What is the PSAT?

What is the PSAT/NMSQT?

The Preliminary SAT, also known as the PSAT/NMSQT® (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test), is a practice version of the SAT exam. You can only take the PSAT once per year, and many students take the test in both 10th and 11th grade. If you earn a high score on the PSAT your junior year, you could qualify to receive a National Merit Scholarship—$180 million dollars in merit scholarships are awarded to students each year. The PSAT is 2 hours and 45 minutes long and tests your skills in reading, writing, and math. Unlike the SAT, the highest score possible on the PSAT is 1520.

How long is the PSAT?

The PSAT is often taken during the school day, in place of other classes. The test itself takes about 3 hours, including break time.

PSAT Study Guides (Print) - Library Resources

All materials are located in various Frederick County Public High School (FCPS) libraries. Please ask OHS Library staff for help in having these books sent to the OHS Library. 

The list, below, is not an exhaustive list. To find other test preparation materials at FCPS Libraries, a good strategy is to search for the name of the test you are interested in along with a term like "study guides" or "examinations" in the FCPS District Catalog. For example, a keyword search for "PSAT" will find many useful materials.

Additional PSAT titles from Frederick County Public Libraries:  to check out books from any Frederick County Public Library (FCPL) branch, please use your FCPL Student Success Card  (or just use 119829 along with your eight-digit student ID number as the username and “student” as the password). Please see OHS Library staff if you needed assistance with using this "card". 

Online Test Prep (password protected) - Library Resources

Prepare for standardized tests with eBooks, online courses, and full-length practice tests for SAT, ACT, AP, PSAT, ASVAB, GED, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, TOEFL, U.S. citizenship, and more in Gale Presents: Peterson’s Test and Career Prep. Research undergraduate and graduate programs, find tuition assistance, and explore and prepare for careers whether you’re entering the workforce for the first time or searching for new opportunities. A variety of interactive methods prompt personalized career recommendations and insight on programs, knowledge, skills, and ability. Search for jobs and create visually interesting résumés, cover letters, and websites that can be externally shared with prospective employers, using prebuilt templates.

For at-home use, please use required password for Peterson's Prep on the OHS Database Descriptions & Passwords page (you must be signed into your FCPS Google account to access). NOTE: after the initial log in to the database, users will be required to create a private username & password so the software can track progress and provide customized responses for individual strengths and weaknesses for test prep and save other documents.

 

HelpNow is a Frederick County Public Library resource designed for K-12 students and beyond. Live tutoring is available in English and Spanish from 2 p.m. - 11 p.m. to provide homework help for core subjects, including mathematics, science, and English language arts. Practice long division, improve reading comprehension, and learn other key skills.  Practice for standardized tests.  Students may submit papers to HelpNow’s Writing Lab for expert assistance and feedback, or collaborate with peers in virtual study spaces. 

To access this subscription, click on the MyAccount drop down menu on the right-hand side, and then Log-in/create an account. Be sure to use a personal email in the event you need to reset your password. Then, in the left-hand column "Expert Help" click on "Skill Surfer" then "College Entrance Test Prep." Now you are ready to practice for standardized tests. 

Online Test Prep (free & available on the web)

Simulate test day by printing and taking official PSAT/NMSQT practice tests. Use them to practice for the PSAT 10, too, since it’s the same test as the PSAT/NMSQT