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Help your students succeed in high school and prepare for college with the PSAT/NMSQT...

The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), co-sponsored by the College Board and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, is an important first step toward college. Test results and their accompanying analysis are valuable tools that can help prepare students for the SAT® and education opportunities beyond high school.

Each year, more than 3.5 million high school juniors, sophomores, and younger students take the PSAT/NMSQT to:
  • Prepare for the SAT;
  • Enter competitions for scholarships (for more information, go to Scholarship and Recognition Programs);
  • Receive information from colleges: (for more information, go to Student Search Service®);
  • Begin college and career planning; and
  • Help assess academic skills necessary for college-level work.
The PSAT/NMSQT is the qualifying test for National Merit Scholarship Corporation’s scholarship and recognition programs. Test-takers also receive My College Quick Start™, a free personalized college planning tool that includes access to My Road™, the College Board's online majors, college, and career exploration program.


CollegeBoard. (2014). PSAT: About The Test. Retrieved from