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PSAT/NMSQT - Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test


PSAT/NMSQT test is administered by ETS on behalf of the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It enables students to practice for the SAT Reasoning Test and serves as the qualifying test for national merit scholarship competitions.

The PSAT/NMSQT is a standardized test that provides first hand practice for SAT and it measures critical reading, math, and writing skills that are important for success in college. Critical reading and math sections test a student's ability to reason with facts and concepts; the multiple-choice writing skills component assesses communication skills.

Reasons for taking test

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

  • Receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. You can then focus your preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice.
  • See how your performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college.
  • Enter the competition for scholarships from NMSC (grade 11).
  • Help prepare for the SAT. You can become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions you will see on the SAT.
  • Receive information from colleges when you check "yes" to Student Search Service.

Certification Requirements

To obtain PSAT/NMSQT certification the required exam to be taken is :

PSAT/NMSQT : Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test