Last Updated: 8/3/2020 2:49 PM

PSAT/NMSQT stands for Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which is a program cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).   It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT Reasoning Test™ and also gives students a chance to enter the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) scholarship programs.

PSAT/NMSQT Components

The PSAT/NMSQT is aligned with the SAT and gives students a chance to check their progress. Students have developed the necessary skills over many years, both in and out of school, for success on this test; the PSAT/NMSQT does not require recall of specific facts from classes. Taking challenging coursework is the best way to prepare for the PSAT/NMSQT.

Benefits of Taking PSAT/NMSQT

  • Receive feedback on skills necessary for college study; pinpoint those areas where student would most benefit from additional study or practice
  • Measure and follow student performance; gauge how performance compares to others
  • Enter the competition for scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (grade 11)
  • Help prepare for the redesigned SAT by becoming familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions seen on the SAT

For the fall of 2020, both Midland High and H.H. Dow High will administer the PSAT/NMSQT to sophomores and juniors during school hours on Wednesday, October 14. The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is requiring this test in lieu of the spring 2020 tests which were cancelled as a result of the governor’s Stay Home, Stay Safe order. The MDE will pay all scoring fees for sophomores and juniors taking this test. For juniors, this is the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship.