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Preparing students and families for the PSAT/NMSQT

The following downloads will help you prepare your students and families for the PSAT/NMSQT in October.

  • Take the PSAT/NMSQT Flyer (.pdf/114K): Duplicate and post this poster in common areas of your school as students' official notice of the PSAT/NMSQT test administration. Space is available to indicate your school's test date, time, and fee information.
  • PSAT/NMSQT: The Parent Perspective (.pdf/358K) and PSAT/NMSQT: Perspectiva de los Padres (.pdf/371K): These flyers in English and Spanish can be duplicated to help parents and guardians understand the important role of the PSAT/NMSQT in helping their young adults' transition to college. Space is available on the cover to indicate your school's test date, time, and fee information.
  • Preparing Students for the PSAT/NMSQT  (.ppt/1.73 MB): This PowerPoint presentation is designed to prepare students for the test by familiarizing them with key question types and test-taking strategies.

PSAT/NMSQT Official Student Guide

The free PSAT/NMSQT Official Student Guide contains:

  • Sample test questions with explanations
  • Tips and strategies about guessing, pacing, and calculator use
  • Descriptions and entry requirements for National Merit Scholarship Corporation programs
  • A separate booklet containing a full-length practice test

Schools order these guides for their students at the same time they order test books by logging into the PSAT/NMSQT Coordinator site.

Customized Entry Pages

Full-Length Practice Test: Answers & Explanations

Answers and explanations for the questions in the full-length practice test included in the PSAT/NMSQT Official Student Guide are available online.

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