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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. High scores on the PSAT connects students in their junior year to more than $300 million in scholarships, including the National Merit® Scholarship Program. The PSAT 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/NMSQT is now digital! The test is easier to take, shorter—lasting 2 hours and 14 minutes instead of almost 3 hours, has more time per question, and comes with a built-in calculator. It can also qualify you for the National Merit Scholarship Program and other scholarships. 

What are the changes and benefits of taking the PSAT?

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PSAT Study Guides (Print) - Library Resources

All materials are located in the OHS Library's Test Preparation collection. Please ask library staff for the exact location. 

The list, below, is not an exhaustive list. To find other test preparation materials at the OHS Library, 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 OHS Library 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.

TutorMe - Georgia Cyber AcademyFrederick County Public Schools middle and high school students now have access to virtual tutoring services for help on any subject. TutorMe provides virtual tutoring opportunities for grades 6-12 on virtually any topic. Tutors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for assistance.

With on-demand tutoring, students can access AP, SAT, ACT, or PSAT preparation sessions without face-to-face teachers. With access to online tutors, standardized test preparation is accessible to all students, increasing equitable access to essential test-prep, improving student outcomes, and providing the individualized instruction students need to excel on their tests.

Students can log in from the Chrome web browser by using Clever. Details for how to do so are available online. A Spanish version of the directions is also available. After signing in, be specific in the supports needed. It is also helpful to use your first language along with the problem you are trying to solve. More tips are posted online. A Spanish version is also available.

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