Why Offer the PSAT/NMSQT?

Power Up Potential with the PSAT/NMSQT

The PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) is given to 10th- or 11th-grade students. It's designed to help prepare students for the SAT, college, and careers.

Connect Students to $300 Million in Scholarships

Scholarship Partners and Programs

Students who take the PSAT/NMSQT in 11th grade may meet requirements to enter the National Merit® Scholarship Program. Our other scholarship partners also use the PSAT/NMSQT to find students qualified to apply for their programs.

BigFuture Scholarships

Additionally, the BigFuture Scholarships program provides a simple path to college with the chance for students to earn scholarships for each step they take.

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Official SAT Practice

Students can get a free, personalized study plan with Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy®. When they link their College Board and Khan Academy accounts, students will get a practice plan based on their PSAT/NMSQT results so they can focus on the skills they need to work on most.

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Opportunities for College Success


Students who succeed in AP courses are more likely to succeed in college, and they can save money through credit-granting and placement policies.

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BigFuture, a college planning resource, also offers support to students from their first thoughts about college to their first day on campus.

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College and Career Planning

Provide College Planning Tools

On BigFuture, students can search over 3,000 college profiles to learn about campus life and admissions processes. Students can also explore and match with over $4 billion in scholarships, qualify for BigFuture Scholarships, and use financial aid guides and calculators.

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Offer Career Planning Resources

All students get access to BigFuture Career Search, a personalized set of tools that helps students learn about future career options based on their interests, skills, and localized labor market information.

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