The PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) is a test that allows students to practice for the SAT I. This test measures skills in the following areas: reading, writing and language, and math. It also gives students the opportunity to enter the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) scholarship programs for junior students.
Reasons to take the PSAT/NMSQT:
We recommend that you take the PSAT/NMSQT as a sophomore (at the earliest) or as a junior. If you take it as a sophomore, don't be discouraged if your scores are lower than you had expected. Remember--this is a junior level test.
Students will need to register to take the PSAT at Southwest. PSAT Registration typically happens at Southwest during the school day in late September. The PSAT test date is typically in late October.
The PSAT and SAT have recently undergone some changes. For more information about the current PSAT and the pre-2015 SAT, see the College Board's website.
The following resources from CollegeBoard can help you understand your PSAT scores and determine your next steps.
The New SAT (as of March 2016):