The PSAT/NMSQT will be administered by high schools on Wednesday October 15, 2014 or Saturday October 18, 2014. If you are interested in taking the PSAT/NMSQT, talk to your high school principal or counselor.

The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a standardized test administered by schools that gives students firsthand practice for the SAT and tests critical reading, math and writing skills. The PSAT/NMSQT is designed to uncover opportunities for growth and provide targeted feedback to help students improve their skills. Scores are not sent to colleges.

Each year, more than 3.5 million high school students take the PSAT/NMSQT to:

  • Prepare for the SAT. Students who take the PSAT/NMSQT in 11th grade score, on average, 166 points higher on the SAT than students who do not (U.S. schools only). Students who take the PSAT/NMSQT in 10th and 11th grades score, on average,189 points higher on the SAT than students who do not (U.S. schools only).
  • Enter competitions for scholarships
  • Help colleges find you
  • Begin college and career planning with My College QuickStart
  • Get score feedback on your skills and understand how to improve

This test is typically administered by secondary schools. Online registration for the PSAT/NMSQT is not available. If you’re not sure whether your school administers the PSAT/NMSQT, speak with your university counselor or another official at your school to find out. If your school has not administered the PSAT/NMSQT in the past, ask them to email us at Learn more about the PSAT/NMSQT.