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 2017 PSAT was administered at East Ridge on Testing Day, Wednesday morning, October 25, 2017 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? 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? 2017 PSAT registration is now closed.

More PSAT information may be found on the following websites:

College Board

National Merit