PSAT Junior Year: National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test

The PSAT junior year could lead to thousands in scholarships for college

Juniors, you must take the PSAT this year to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship competition. A high score on the PSAT enhances your college application and could make you a notable recruit for colleges and universities.


Opportunities Details and Links to Registration/Payment
Practice Test and Review Sessions FREE

This is a fantastic opportunity to take a practice test, review the results and identify strengths and areas for improvement. There is no fee for these sessions; however, students must commit to attending BOTH sessions to participate. Register Now

PSAT Practice Test date and location: The Princeton Review will lead a full-length PSAT practice test at Minnetonka High School on Saturday, September 21, 2019 beginning at 9 a.m. (MHS room location TBD).

(If you cannot attend the Sept. 21 practice test date, you can pick up a practice test in the MHS Counseling Office. Practice tests must be returned by Sept. 23 to be graded in time for the review session on Oct. 5 [see below]).

Review Session date and time: The review session will be held on Saturday, October 5 from 9-10 a.m. (please note time change from earlier communication). Students will review their PSAT practice test scores, discuss test strategies and what to expect on the official test.

Official PSAT Exam FREE Juniors will take the official PSAT exam on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 beginning at 8 a.m. at Minnetonka High School. Students registered for the exam will be excused for hours 1-3. Register Now
PSAT Study Guide Pick up PSAT Study Guide from the MHS Counseling Office


PSAT Test Prep Options

MHS teachers David Surver and Krista Hitchcock (through Two-Minute Teacher) are offering two fantastic opportunities to help Minnetonka juniors prepare for the PSAT exam. Learn more and register separately through the Two-Minute Teacher website "online store:"

    MHS teachers David Surver and Krista Hitchcock are offering PSAT prep classes for juniors in fall 2019. The Wednesday Workshops are $250 (four Wednesdays: 6-8pm on 9/18, 9/25, 10/2 and 7-9pm on 10/9 in the MHS Forum). The class fee also includes the videos of classroom instruction in case you miss a day.
    Register with Two-Minute Teacher here 
    Can't attend the Wednesday Workshop dates, above? Register now to receive video recordings of the Wednesday Workshops plus a great test prep book so you can study at home for $200.
    Register with Two-Minute Teacher here

Test-taking strategies learned in the PSAT prep course can also apply to other standardize tests, including the ACT. 


PSAT Sophomore Year: Practice Only

Sophomores are encouraged to take the PSAT test on October 16 as a practice test for junior year. (Your score will NOT be entered in the National Merit Scholarship competition.) The test will be administered at Minnetonka High School during hours 1-3 (excused absence).

Sophomores, register now for the PSAT practice test

Date/Time Event Cost
Now Pick up PSAT Study Guide from the MHS Counseling Office Free
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019 beginning at 8 a.m. PSAT Test for Sophomores Free


Hear from some of Minnetonka High School's National Merit Finalists

Arjun, MHS '16

USC '20

“Being a National Merit Finalist definitely opened up many doors for me in the college admissions process. The half-tuition scholarship and an additional $1,000 per year from National Merit was a major influence in my decision to go to the University of Southern California."

Elizabeth, MHS '17
Northeastern '21

“I already had a solid ACT score and GPA, but having the title of National Merit Semifinalist helped me stand out. I received half-tuition scholarship offers at the University of Southern California and Northeastern in addition to a company-sponsored National Merit scholarship. It was a lot easier to choose Northeastern with the reduced price tag."

Max, MHS '19
Univ. of Minn. Twin Cities '23

“Almost every college to which I was admitted offered an enticing scholarship based on my National Merit Finalist standing. Juniors: Take the PSAT and take time for organized study. The PSAT prep offered through MHS may have made the difference in my earning Semifinalist status. Take this test (and school) seriously, and your future self will be forever grateful.”


Freya Schirmacher
MHS Assistant Principal

Nate Gibbs
MHS Assistant Principal

MHS Students