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PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT)


The PSAT/NMSQT, co-sponsored by the College Board and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), is a comprehensive assessment program that offers a valuable array of free services for students, parents/families and educators.

  1. PSAT/NMSQT enables students and parents/families to:
    1. receive an earlier and better gauge of students’ post-secondary preparation.
    2. adjust students’ 11th and 12th grade schedules based on data.
    3. prepare for the SAT and qualify to enter competitions for scholarships and participate in recognition programs, i.e., National Merit® Scholarship Program, National Achievement® Scholarship Program, National Hispanic Recognition Program, National Scholarship Service.
    4. receive information from colleges (Student Search Service®) and access tools and resources critical to college and career planning, i.e., My College Quick Start.
  2. PSAT/NMSQT provides high school staff with access to the following reports:
    1. AP Potential™. This online tool helps schools grow their AP® programs by identifying students for AP courses. (Research indicates there is a strong correlation between PSAT/NMSQT scores and AP Exam results. PSAT/NMSQT scores are stronger predictors of students' AP Exam grades than the more traditional signposts such as high school grades, grades in previous same-discipline course work, and the number of same-discipline courses a student has taken.)
    2. Summary of Answers and Skills (SOAS). This online report allows high school staff to take a closer, detailed look at students’ academic skills by analyzing student performance on each PSAT/NMSQT test question. Available online at in January.
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