The Preliminary SAT/National
Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (
/NMSQT) is a standardized test
administered by the College Board and cosponsored by the National Merit
Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) in the United States. It is designed to help
students practice for the SAT.
Measures college and career readiness
and gives students tools for planning their future.
reading, writing and language, and
: Identifies candidates for the National Merit Scholarship
Program, an academic competition for recognition and college scholarships.
schools and districts measure performance, get feedback related to standards,
and build a college-going culture.
An easy-to-use online reporting portal
lets educators analyze data and visualize results and intervene when students
are behind. Scores in specific content areas are tied to state standards, and
benchmarks help teachers and students track student progress.
Students get an interactive score
report with answer explanations, their projected SAT score, and feedback on
their readiness for 20+ AP courses.*
And, they’re connected to resources they can use to search for colleges and
explore majors and careers.
The National Merit Scholarship Program
and other scholarship and recognition programs use the PSAT/NMSQT to find
Approximately 3.8 million students, primarily 10th and 11th
graders, take the PSAT/NMSQT each fall. Students must test as a junior to be
eligible to enter the National Merit Scholarship Program. Testing in the 9th
and 10th grade provides early practice/feedback while there’s still time to
plan and prepare.
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The 2018 test fee is $16 for 10th
and 11th grade students.
Fee waivers are available for eligible students.
The College Board offers testing accommodations to students
who have been approved.
The test is administered annually in schools and takes
approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes (plus 10 minutes for breaks and 45–50
minutes for administration activities).
Location: Caddo Virtual Academy
Time: 8:20 am. (Arrive 10 minutes early to get to testing site)