602 F Street
LaPorte, IN 46350
Phone: 219-362-3102 Fax: 219-324-2142

Principal: Mr. Ben Tonagel
Associate Principal: Mr.Scott Upp

Guidance Office - About the PSAT

About the PSAT/NMSQT:

    The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is co-sponsored program by the College Board and national Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).

    PSAT/ NMSQT stand for Preliminary SAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT Reasoning Test. It also gives students a chance to enter National Merit Scholarship Corporation scholarship programs.

The PSAT/NMSQT measures:

  • Critical Reading
  • Math problem-solving skills
  • Writing skills

    Students have developed these and out of school. This test doesn't  require students to recall specific facts from past classes.

    The most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are:

  • To receive feedback on student's strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. Students can then focus their  preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice.
  • To see how a student's performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college.
  • To enter the competition for scholarships from the
     National Merit Scholarship Corporation (Grade 11).
  • To help prepare for the SAT
  • To receive information from colleges.

Getting College Credit Before College

    Did you know your child could experience
college-level  work and earn college credit- even before he/she applies to college? There are courses and tests that can help him/her do just that.

Advanced Placement Program (AP)

    The AP Program gives students a chance to try college-level work in high school and gain valuable study habits. If you child gets a "qualifying"' grade on an AP Exam , there are many colleges that will give credit or advanced placement for the student's efforts. AP Exams and courses offer your child a chance to:

  • Study a subject in greater depth 
  • Know the capabilities
  • Gain a clearer idea of their future plans
  • Develop skills and study habits vital to college
  • Improve admission eligibility
  • Prepare for the unexpected
  • Save money
  • Get a head start for college
  • Become eligible for Scholar Awards

    Your child should talk to their guidance counselor, to see if AP courses are right for him/her.

 AP Classes Currently Taught at the LaPorte High School:

  • AP English/Language
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Calculus
  • AP European History

Dual Credit Classes:

    LaPorte High School, in conjunction with PNC, now offers college credit for English 101 in our Advanced Composition Class. College credit can also be earned for Probability and Statistics. For more information on Dual Credit courses at LPHS, contact your student's counselor at LaPorte High School is also working on adding dual credit options through IUSB, Vincennes University, and Ivy Tech.

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