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PSAT Testing

2006 PSAT Info & Registration
PSAT Frequently Asked Questions
PSAT Calculator Use
A Parent Tutorial for Understanding PSAT/NMSQT Results

The PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test / National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) is a shorter version of the SAT. Designed as a practice test, it serves as a predictor of the score a student may be expected to receive on the SAT. The PSAT aids in early guidance of students planning for college, and serves as the qualifying test for scholarships awarded by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

The PSAT is designed for high school juniors. We recommend that all college bound juniors take the test. Students who are particularly strong academically and who are potential National Merit qualifiers may benefit from the experience of taking the test in the sophomore year, but only their junior year scores will be considered in determining National Merit Scholarship eligibility.