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For Teachers

Preparing for the PSAT/NMSQT and understanding results

Your students take the Preliminary SAT®/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) as the first official step on the road to college. The PSAT/NMSQT prepares students for the SAT, gives them opportunities to earn scholarships, and helps them plan for college.

As a teacher, what can you do to help your students do their best on the PSAT/NMSQT?

Prepare students for the test

When students take the PSAT/NMSQT, they won't have to recall facts—even the math formulas needed are supplied to them. Instead, the PSAT/NMSQT measures reasoning skills—for instance, knowing when to choose one of those math formulas and how to use it to arrive at the correct answer.

Visit the Testing area of this site to get information on:

  • Test by Section: Explanations of the critical reading, mathematics, and writing skills sections of the tests
  • Approaches & Strategies: Tips on familiarizing your students with the PSAT/NMSQT before test day
  • Resources & Tools: Downloads to help you prepare your students and their families for the PSAT/NMSQT

Serve as an associate supervisor or proctor on test day

The College Board depends on school staff to administer the PSAT/NMSQT according to the PSAT/NMSQT Supervisor's Manual so that all students have the same opportunity to do their best. Thank you for your efforts to ensure the test administration is efficient, secure, and fair for all students.

Visit the Testing area of this site to get information on:

Use PSAT/NMSQT results to help your students improve their academic skills

Read on to learn about the following free resources and PSAT/NMSQT reports to help analyze student performance and help students prepare for the SAT and college:

Customized Entry Pages

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