Using This Guide

Taking the PSAT/NMSQT® is a great way to find out how prepared you are for college and career. The PSAT/NMSQT is the qualifying test for entry to the National Merit® Scholarship Program. The test also connects you to College Board programs and services that can propel you to opportunities you’ve earned. We've created this guide to help you:

  • Become familiar with the test and the Bluebook™ testing application so you know what to expect on test day.
  • Learn the digital test structure and how it is the same and different from the SAT® Suite of Assessments paper and pencil versions you may have taken.
  • Be aware of what you need to know about taking this test and provide you with an opportunity to review the Digital PSAT/NMSQT Testing Rules. You will be required to review and agree to the Digital PSAT/NMSQT Testing Rules in Bluebook before testing.


You will be bound by the Testing Rules as they exist on test day. Prior to testing, you must review any updates to these Testing Rules, which will be clearly communicated to you at