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Benefits of the PSAT/NMSQT

College Readiness and College Access

The PSAT/NMSQT assesses reading, math, and writing skills; provides excellent practice for the SAT; and connects students to scholarships and personalized online tools.

Scholarship Opportunities

Students in 11th grade may be eligible for the National Merit Scholarship program and other programs that use PSAT/NMSQT scores.

SAT Advantage

The PSAT/NMSQT and the SAT have the same format and evaluate the same skills. PSAT/NMSQT students also get a custom SAT study plan based on their results.

Feedback on Strengths and Weaknesses

After the test, students receive feedback on how ready they are for college and access to tools that help them improve. 

AP PotentialTM

PSAT/NMSQT scores tell students and educators how likely students are to succeed in AP courses and on AP Exams.

Online College Planning

Students get free access to My College QuickStartTM. Features include an interactive score report, a personality test, major and career suggestions, and a starter list of colleges.

College Connection

Students who opt in on test day receive free information about admission and financial aid from colleges, universities, and scholarship programs that are interested in them.

Improved Teaching and Learning

Schools, districts, and states can use PSAT/NMSQT data to improve student outcomes at every level.

Performance Data

Educators receive individual and group-level online and paper score reports designed to help them understand and identify skill gaps, and improve student performance.

Tools for Districts

Learn how to get district-level data, find out how PSAT/NMSQT skills align to state standards, and discover opportunities for testing inclusively.

Testing Twice

Students who take the PSAT/NMSQT in 10th grade or lower benefit from early feedback on their skills. Students can look at their percentiles to see how well their scores compare to the scores of 10th grade test-takers. Schools that test students at an earlier age have more time to act on PSAT/NMSQT data.

Taking the PSAT/NMSQT again, in 11th grade, gives students a fresh skills assessment and a measure of their progress, as well as the chance to compete for scholarships. And research shows that students in U.S. schools who take the PSAT/NMSQT in 10th and 11th grades score, on average, 189 points higher on the SAT than students who do not.