The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a standardized test administered by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). Most high-schoolers are given the test at school in the 10th and 11th grades.

SAT paintingFor many students, the PSAT is simply an introduction to and a way to get ready for the SAT. There are a lot of parallels between the PSAT and SAT: both tests have the same four sections (Reading, Writing and Language, Math with No Calculator, and Math with Calculator), and both tests use the same scoring system. Both tests cover similar topics, in a similar style, with similar time constraints. However, the PSAT is a shorter test, does not offer an essay, and it is not used for college admissions.

For some high-scoring students, the PSAT is the first step in the National Merit Scholarship Program, which can lead to scholarships underwritten by corporations and business organizations, colleges and universities, and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Whether or not you’re aiming for these scholarships, we have all the tools you need to get ready for the PSAT, and later the SAT. This includes past official PSATs, our own specially designed course materials, and our highly experienced coaches. Learn more about these course components on our SAT page.