The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/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.
A comprehensive assessment program: Measures college and career readiness and gives students tools for planning their future.
Measures skills in three academic areas: reading, writing and language, and math.
Used by National Merit Scholarship Corporation: Identifies candidates for the National Merit Scholarship Program, an academic competition for recognition and college scholarships.
A low-cost approach: Helps schools and districts measure performance, get feedback related to standards, and build a college-going culture.
Improves teaching and learning: 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.
Supports college and career planning: 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.
Connects to scholarship programs: The National Merit Scholarship Program and other scholarship and recognition programs use the PSAT/NMSQT to find qualified students.
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.
Registration: CVA students must register and pay by September 15, 2017. See Mrs. Anderson.
Fees: The 2017 test fee is $16 for 10th and 11th grade students and $10 for 9th grade students. Fee waivers are available for eligible juniors.
Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD): The College Board offers testing accommodations to students who have been approved.
Administration: 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).
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017
Location: Caddo Parish Magnet High School
Time: 8:20 am. (Arrive 10 minutes early to get to testing site)