PSAT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Qualifying Test)


What is this test?  The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a standardized test that provides first-hand practice for the SAT. It also provides Grade 11 students a chance to enter National Merit scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools. Students will also receive feedback on their strengths/weaknesses for college studies.

When is the test? The PSAT is administered nation-wide on two days only in October each year. The 2018 PSAT will be administered at East Ridge on Testing Day, Wednesday morning, October 24, 2018 from 8:35 am to noonThis is one of three tests that will be administered that day. The other two free tests are the mock-ACT for juniors and the pre-ACT for sophomores.

Who takes this test? The PSAT is only available to Grade 10 and 11 students. This optional test is a rigorous national assessment for Grade 11 students and is used to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program. Sophomores may take it as a practice SAT test; they may not enter the National Merit scholarship competition until their junior year.

How to register? The 2018 PSAT registration is closed because we reached our limit of testers. Students or parents may call other schools in the area to see if they have openings during their test time. 


PSAT Prep Live by Kaplan - Students can go to the PSAT Prep Live page and sign up for quizzes and a practice test to start studying now and to register for the PSAT Prep Live sessions they want to attend.  Every session is free and taught live online by a Kaplan expert. Click here for more information.

More PSAT information may be found on the following websites:

College Board

National Merit