PSAT/NMSQT Test Exam
PSAT/NMSQT Test Exam
PSAT/NMSQT Test Exam
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PSAT/NMSQT Test Exam
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PSAT/NMSQT Test Exam

The PSAT


The PSAT/NMSQT, or Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, is a multiple-choice standardized test administered by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) in the United States.

The scores from the PSAT are used (with the permission of the student) to determine eligibility for the National Merit Scholarship Program.

What the Test Measures

The PSAT/NMSQT measures:
1) Critical reading skills
2) Cath problem-solving skills
3) Writing skills

You have developed these skills over many years, both in and out of school. This test doesn't require you to recall specific facts from your classes.
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Reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT

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.
  • To see how your performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college.
  • To enter the competition for scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (grade 11).
  • To help prepare for the SAT. You can become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions you will see on the SAT.
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