Why Offer the PSAT/NMSQT?

Help your students get more from their score. The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is more than good practice for the SAT and their scores are more than just a number.

Get Actionable Data

Using the online reporting portal, you’ll be able to:

  • Evaluate each student’s college and career readiness.
  • Determine which knowledge areas and skills need more work.
  • See how much progress they’ve made from PSAT 8/9 and PSAT 10.
  • Leverage this data for instructional planning.
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Connect Students to Scholarships and Recognition Programs

National Merit Scholarship Program

The PSAT/NMSQT is the only qualifying test for the National Merit® Scholarship Program, an academic competition for recognition and scholarships conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).

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Scholarship Opportunities

Taking the PSAT/NMSQT gives students the chance to access over $300 million in scholarship opportunities.

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Broaden Access to AP

The AP Potential™ tool is designed to help you expand access to your AP programs by identifying students who are ready for AP based on their performance on the PSAT/NMSQT and other tests in the SAT Suite.

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New Digital Format

This fall, the PSAT/NMSQT will be delivered in a new digital format that is more relevant for students than ever before. The change is good news for educators, too. A shorter test means a shorter test day, and no more packing, sorting, or shipping test materials. Going digital also means more flexibility for where and when the test can be administered.


What to Expect with the Digital PSAT/NMSQT

See what students can expect with the digital PSAT/NMSQT.

Free Access to Practice Resources for All Students

To help students be successful and become familiar with the digital test platform, they will have access to free, world-class practice opportunities on Bluebook™ and through Official Digital SAT Prep on Khan Academy®.

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The Power to Plan—in the Palm of Students' Hands

With the BigFuture® School mobile app, PSAT/NMSQT test takers 13 and over will have access to their scores and customized career information and guidance about planning and paying for college.

Through the Connections™ feature in the BigFuture School app, students can choose to hear directly from nonprofit colleges and scholarship programs that might be a good match—without having to share any personal information.

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PSAT/NMSQT Educator Resources


PSAT/NMSQT Resources

Share the value of the digital PSAT/NMSQT with staff, students, and parents.


Comparison: PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10

See how the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 are different.