COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 62
April 11, 1997

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test Participation (PSAT/NMSQT)


  The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit
  Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is designed to
  enhance students' eligibility to receive funds from the
  National Merit Scholarship Program.  In an effort to improve
  scholarship opportunities for Virginia's college-bound
  students, I am asking school divisions to encourage
  students, especially those in grades 10 and 11, to take the
  PSAT/NMSQT.

  To aid in preparing students for the PSAT/NMSQT, the College
  Board has provided the attached Test Skills book.  Please
  share it with appropriate staff members. For additional
  information you may contact Ms. Paula Potter at the College
  Board at (404) 636-9465, Extension 224, or Dr. James E.
  Laws, Jr., at the Department of Education at (804) 225-2924.

  RTL/mfm

  Enclosure:   A hard copy of this memo and its enclosure
               will be sent to the superintendent's office.