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

Student Search Service® connects students to over 1,900 colleges, universities, and scholarship programs.

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Offer Career Planning Resources

Students who take any of the assessments get access to Career Finder™, which helps students build upon their passions and interests.

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