The  PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program cosponsored by the College Board and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT®. It also gives students a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools.

The most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are to:

  • Receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. You can then focus your preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice.
  • See how your performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college.
  • Enter the competition for scholarships from NMSC (grade 11).
  • Help prepare for the SAT. You can become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions you will see on the SAT.
  • Receive information from colleges when you check "yes" to Student Search Service.
Typically, the PSAT is taken by juniors and high-achieving sophomores who choose to take it in October.  Dates are announced in September, and students must purchase a ticket in advance from Mrs. Christman in the guidance office if they want to take the test.  Results are distributed in December/January, depending on when they are received. 

PSAT for the 2019-20 School Year:

The PSA/NMSQT, or PSAT, is a practice test for the SAT that's offered every fall for 10th and 11th graders.  It also serves as a qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship Program, which awards $2,500 scholarships annually to high-scoring 11th graders.  This year the PSAT will be offered on Wednesday, October 16th, at WMHS and the cost is $17. 


Some students with documented disabilities are eligible for accommodations on the PSAT.  Students must be approved for accommodations by the College Board's Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) before they can use them on the exam. If you are interested in applying for accommodations for your child, please contact Mrs. Gengo, by August 23rd!  Stay tuned for information regarding registering for the PSAT in August!

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