What is the PSAT/NMSQT?

The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a standardized test administered by the College Board and cosponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) in the United States. The scores from the PSAT/NMSQT are used to determine eligibility and qualification for the National Merit Scholarship Program.

The PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) will be administered at John Hersey High School on Wednesday, October 16, 2019.  Students need to report to the main lobby by 8:00AM.  

Why take the PSAT/NMSQT?

We encourage juniors to take the PSAT because it identifies National Merit Scholars and enables students who score at the highest levels to qualify for college scholarships.  The PSAT can be used as a predictor for SAT scores. It allows students to compare their academic skills with those of other college-bound students.

If you are entitled to SSD testing accommodations, PLEASE see your Counselor or Case Manager for additional information. The deadline for submitting PSAT/NMSQT testing accommodation Eligibility Forms is 8/27/19. Click here for more information about College Board accommodations.

The Registration Fee to take the test is $30Registration is CLOSED.

For PSAT/NMSQT Exam Registration (online) and Prep Registration Forms, please click on the links below:

PSAT/NMSQT Parent Letter

PSAT/NMSQT Online Exam Registration - Registration is CLOSED

PSAT/NMSQT Prep Class Registration Form - Registration is CLOSED


Official Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT

If you plan to take the PSAT/NMSQT, pick up the Official Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT in the Assessment Center, Room 125E.

The Student Guide has three main sections:

Test taking help

Information about National Merit Scholarship Corporation scholarship competitions

A full-length practice test

Use the Student Guide to Do Your Best!

Review the section about scholarships with your parents.

Practice now with sample critical reading, math, and writing skills questions.

Get familiar with the instructions for each type of test question.

Take the practice test like it's the real thing! You can go online to review complete answer explanations for all the questions on the practice test to help you prepare before test day.

Click here to visit the College Board's PSAT website.