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The PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) is a test that allows students to practice for the SAT I.  This test measures skills in the following areas: verbal reasoning, critical reading, math problem solving, and writing.  It also gives students the opportunity to enter the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) scholarship programs. 

Reasons to take the PSAT/NMSQT:

  • Learn what your strengths and weaknesses are for skills necessary for college study—you can then focus your preparation
  • Compare your score with those of others applying to college
  • Enter the National Merit Scholarship Corporation scholarship competition
  • Practice for the SAT tests--familiarize yourself with the kinds of questions you'll see
  • Receive information from colleges when you take advantage of the Student Search Service


We recommend that you take the PSAT/NMSQT as a sophomore (at the earliest) or as a junior.  If you take it as a sophomore, don't be discouraged if your scores are lower than you had expected.  Remember--this is a junior level test. 


Students will need to register to take the PSAT at Roosevelt.  Registration typically happens at Roosevelt during the school day in late September.  The PSAT test date is typically in October.

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