PSAT/National Merit Qualifying Test

The PSAT/NMSQT is a multiple-choice test that measures developed verbal and mathematical reasoning abilities important for academic performance in college. The test takes one hour and 40 minutes, divided evenly between verbal and mathematical sections. All questions test the ability to reason with facts and concepts rather than recall and recite them. Types of questions are thoroughly explained and a full-length sample test is given in the PSAT/NMSQT Student Bulletin distributed to students before the test administration.

This test is administered at Meridian High School on October 12, 2011. Juniors and sophomores are eligible to take the test. Students desiring to take the PSAT/NMSQT must register in the counselor's office in September. The registration fee for this test is $12.

The PSAT/NMSQT can serve students in the following ways:

  • To find out...what the SAT is like. That's the College Board test you'll probably take when you apply for admission to college. The PSAT/NMSQT is a lot like it.
  • To forecast ...your own SAT scores from your PSAT/NMSQT scores.
  • To compare...your forecasted SAT scores with those of applicants at hundreds of colleges. They're published in the College Handbook.
  • To estimate...your chances of getting into the college of your choice.
  • To participate... (If you want) in the Student Search Service and have your name sent to colleges that are looking for students like you.
  • To enter...the competition for scholarships awarded by National Merit Scholarship Corporation, this co-sponsors the PSAT/NMSQT.