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 4 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
- 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. Learn more about the PSAT/NMSQT.