The PSAT/NMSQT is an OPTIONAL standardized test that 11th graders (and some 10th graders) can take in October. Like the SAT, it measures the knowledge and skills in reading, writing, and math students learn in the classroom—the same knowledge and skills your child needs to succeed in college and career.
Why is PSAT/NMSQT Is Important?
When your child takes the PSAT/NMSQT, they open the door to more benefits than you might think.
- It connects students to more than $235 million in scholarships, including the National Merit® Scholarship Program. Students must opt in to the College Board's Student Search Service as part of this process.
- It's excellent practice for the SAT. Both tests measure the same knowledge and skills and ask the same types of questions, so PSAT/NMSQT takers will know what to expect on the SAT.
- It's the first step to a free, personalized SAT study plan. Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy® uses your child's PSAT/NMSQT score to create a customized SAT study plan with sample questions that focus on areas where they need help.
- It shows student progress on the road to college. The PSAT/NMSQT is part of a series of tests beginning in eighth grade that shows your child and their teachers whether your child is on track for college.
Where can I get more information about taking this test?
Interested juniors (or sophomores) at Five Star Online will need to go through their home high school this year to take the test. Some of the high schools are giving it on different days, and may only register juniors for the test.