CollegeBoard PSAT/NMSQT®

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The Preliminary SAT, also known as the PSAT/NMSQT® (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test), is a practice version of the SAT exam.   The PSAT can be taken once per year, and many students take the test in both 10th and 11th grade.  Earning a high score on the PSAT in your junior year could qualify you to receive a National Merit Scholarship.  Approximately $180 million dollars in merit scholarships are awarded to students each year. The PSAT is 2 hours and 45 minutes long and tests skills in reading, writing, and math. Unlike the SAT, the highest score possible on the PSAT is 1520.

Reasons Why Students Take the PSAT: 

  • Why You Should Take the PSAT - The Princeton Review
  • 4 Great Reasons to Take the PSAT - College Raptor
  • AP Potential AP Potential is designed to help schools increase the number of students who have  access to AP and to ensure that no student who has the chance of succeeding in AP is overlooked.  AP Potential can be used to identify areas in which a student may want to try more challenging coursework.
  • Prepare for the SAT - Link your College Board account with a Khan Academy account and you will receive FREE, personalized SAT test prep.

After Taking the PSAT:

Students who have provided an e-mail address on their PSAT answer sheet will receive an electronic score report in mid-December.

Students who did not provide an e-mail address on their answer sheet will receive a paper score report from their school counselor during the third marking period. Once the scores are received, here’s what your student can do to make the most out of the experience:


Additional Resources

SAT Suite of Assessments
Comparison of the Old SAT vs the NEW SAT
Free SAT Preparation Courtesy of The Khan Academy
SAT Practice Questions
Register for the SAT