PSAT - Preliminary SAT (PSAT)/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT)

    What is the PSAT/NMSQT test?   
    The PSAT/NMSQT measures the students' verbal reasoning, critical reading, mathematics problem-solving, and writing skills. This test includes five major sections: Two verbal sections, two math sections and one writing skills section.
    Why take this test?
    The PSAT/NMSQT helps the student prepare for the SAT Program tests. It serves as valuable practice for the SAT. The major differences between the two tests are that SAT has a writing skills section while the PSAT currently does not. It helps you compare yourself against other students taking the test. The PSAT is also used to select students for National Merit Scholarships. It also gives students the opportunity to enter competitions for scholarships and other recognition programs like:
    • National Merit Scholarship Program
    • National Achievement Scholarship
    • Other scholarship programs
    When do I take PSAT test?
    The PSAT/NMSQT is usually taken in the junior year.  
    Is there a fee involved in taking PSAT test?
    No. The district pays for interested students to take this assessment.
    How do I register to take PSAT test?
    Sign up in the counseling office in the fall.
    How long in duration are the PSAT exams?
    The actual test requires a 2 hours and 15 minutes. The test usually begins at 8:00 AM and ends about 10:30 am (with break.) Student should plan to arrive at the high school early so that they will not be late to testing site.
    What do I need to bring with me to the PSAT testing site?
    Students should bring with them the following items:
    • Approved calculator for the math course....Chemistry, Statistics and Calculus exams.
    • Writing instruments - two No. 2 pencils with good erasers.
    When do I receive my PSAT testing results?
    Scores are mailed to St. Louis High School at the end of November and then the scores are distributed to each student by the Counselor.
    Can I go on-line to find out more information on my PSAT score and the National Merit Scholarship Program?
    Yes, visit the College Board web site for more information. Also information can be found the PSAT Bulletin that is passed out to students when they register for the exam.