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Preliminary SAT / National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test

The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) in the United States. It is a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT®. It also gives you a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools.

The PSAT/NMSQT measures:
  • Critical reading skills
  • Math problem-solving skills
  • Writing skills
Students outside the US
Students outside the US need an English-speaking educator at a nearby school to administer the PSAT / NMSQT. That educator will help you:
  • sign up for the test,
  • pay the test fee, and
  • receive the Official Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT.
The most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are to:
  • To receive feedback on student’s strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. Student can then focus his/her preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice.
  • To see how his/her performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college.
  • To enter the competition for scholarships from NMSC (grade 11).
  • Help prepare for the SAT. He/She can become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions He/She will see on the SAT.
  • To receive information from colleges when student check "yes" to Student Search Service.
Candidates must sign up for the PSAT / NMSQT at his / her high school or at another high school in his/her community. Please note that the test takes place during the shortened Columbus Day holiday week and the Jewish holiday of Sukkoth. This test is administered by high schools, not through test centers. Online registration for the PSAT/NMSQT is not available. Please note that each high school chooses only one October test date.
If one would like to take the PSAT / NMSQT, he/she must contact his/her high school counselor or principal to find out about registering for the test, paying the test fees, and learning the correct date, time, and location that his/her school will give the test in October. He/She must also contact guidance office for a copy of the Official Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT to help him/her prepare before test day.

Test Dates and Fees Dates
In 2014, high schools may administer the PSAT / NMSQT on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 or Saturday, October 18, 2014.

The fee for the 2014 PSAT / NMSQT is $14. (Note: Schools sometimes charge an additional fee to cover administrative costs.) The College Board makes fee waivers available to schools for students in eleventh grade from low-income families who can't afford the test fee.

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Published date : 21 Jul 2014 05:54PM

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