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Using PSAT/NMSQT Results

More than just a number, PSAT/NMSQT results help students prepare for the SAT, find AP courses, and connect to colleges and scholarships.

SAT Practice

When students take the PSAT/NMSQT, they’re practicing for the SAT. Online score reports and SAT study plans help students build on their experience.

AP PotentialTM

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

Connect to Colleges

Students who take the PSAT/NMSQT can opt in to Student Search Service® and receive information from colleges looking for students like them.

Scholarship Opportunities

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

Tips for PSAT/NMSQT Coordinators

Get tips on using PSAT/NMSQT results to promote college readiness at your school, including ideas for communicating with parents, students, and colleagues.

Appropriate Use of PSAT/NMSQT Scores

PSAT/NMSQT scores should be used to help students evaluate their skills and plan for college.

Scores are not intended for use by colleges in their admission decisions and are not sent to colleges. For this reason, scores should not be included on student transcripts that will be reproduced and sent to colleges unless the student (if 18 or older) or parent/guardian has granted permission.

Students have the right to withhold scores from college admission and athletic offices, even when colleges request them.