Administering the PSAT/NMSQT for the first time? Get information about important steps.
Connecting your students to opportunities beyond high school
Understanding your students' strengths and skills is essential to helping them succeed in high school and beyond. Grades and teacher feedback can provide important information. But how do their skills compare nationally? Is there a way to gauge their skills objectively — and help them build on strengths and address weaknesses?
The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) is an important step on the College and Career Readiness Pathway, a series of integrated assessments that includes ReadiStep™ and the SAT®. It measures the critical reading, mathematics, and writing skills your students will need for higher education and careers after high school. Last year, over 23,000 schools opened the door to college for more than 3.5 million students by administering the PSAT/NMSQT.
Why the PSAT/NMSQT?
The PSAT/NMSQT is more than just a test. It gives students:
- Suggestions on how to improve academically. The PSAT/NMSQT score report gives students personalized feedback on their test performance.
- Preparation for the SAT®.
- Opportunities to earn scholarships and academic recognition. For more information, go to Scholarships and Recognition.
- Information from colleges and universities through Student Search Service®.
- A free personalized online college planning kit based on their test results. For more information, go to My College QuickStart™ and MyRoad™.
Learn more about the PSAT/NMSQT by following these links:
- About the Test: All about the test sections, test dates, fees, and the free college planning resources
- Helping Students Prepare: Approaches and strategies to help students do their best on test day
- Coordinating the Program: Resources and tools for PSAT/NMSQT Coordinators, to help you get the most out of the PSAT/NMSQT
- On Test Day: Advice to help the test administration run smoothly
- Scores and Reports: Information on getting and analyzing score reports