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PSAT/NMSQT Home Page

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A Vital Step on the Path to College Success
The PSAT/NMSQT helps educators at every level promote college readiness. It is a standardized test cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

What to Do Now

Students: Prepare for the Redesigned PSAT/NMSQT

Get familiar with the changes, view sample questions, and start getting ready for 2015.

Get to Know the Redesigned PSAT/NMSQT

Coordinators: Order the PSAT/NMSQT

Use PSAT/NMSQT Ordering to choose a test date, order test books, and request fee waivers.

Ordering and Registration

When and Where

2014 Test Dates

Students take the PSAT/NMSQT at school on one of these two dates:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014
  • Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014

Does Your School Give the PSAT/NMSQT?

Look up your school to find out if and when it’s testing. Find another school and request to take the PSAT/NMSQT there if:

  • Your school isn’t offering the PSAT/NMSQT
  • You can’t test on your school’s test date
  • You’re a home-schooled student

Registration and Fees

Sign Up at School

Students sign up for the PSAT/NMSQT with their school counselor. Online registration is not available to students or parents.

PSAT/NMSQT Fees

The PSAT/NMSQT costs $14. Schools can request fee waivers for 11th-grade students.

For Educators

Learn about online ordering and registration, fees, fee waivers, and more.

Who Takes the PSAT/NMSQT

Over 3.6 million students take the PSAT/NMSQT each year. Only 11th-grade students can qualify for scholarships and recognition, but younger students benefit from early feedback on their skills.

Students with Disabilities

Students whose disabilities affect participation in the PSAT/NMSQT are eligible to take it with accommodations. However, the use of any accommodation must be approved by the College Board.

Requests should be complete by August 27, 2014.

Home-Schoolers

Get instructions for home-schooled students.

International Students

Get instructions for anyone testing outside the United States, including U.S. students.

About the PSAT/NMSQT

Measuring Important Skills

The PSAT/NMSQT assesses the critical reading, mathematics, and writing skills students need for college and beyond. Find out what the test is like and try practice questions.

Promoting College Readiness

The PSAT/NMSQT helps students become college ready. It provides detailed feedback on skills, access to scholarships and personalized online tools, and excellent practice for the SAT.