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. (U.S. citizen students in the 11th grade who take the PSAT/NMSQT are also eligible for National Merit scholarship programs.) All students who take the PSAT/NMSQT can gain access to college and career planning tools.

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.


The Preliminary SAT Scoring Service (PSSS) offers the same benefits of the PSAT/NMSQT. It measures critical reading, mathematics and writing skills using the predisclosed 2011 PSAT/NMSQT Saturday test form. The only difference between the PSSS and the PSAT/NMSQT is that PSSS scores will not be eligible for the National Merit Scholarship.

It is recommended that students in the 11th grade who are U.S. citizens take the PSAT/NMSQT, and students who took the 2011 Saturday PSAT/NMSQT should not take the PSSS.

If your school was unable to administer the PSAT/NMSQT during the 2011 administration dates, speak with your university counselor or another school official to find out if it’s possible to take the PSSS. Have them email for more information. Learn more about the PSSS test (.pdf/3.53MB)