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PSAT Information


What is the PSAT?

  • The PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) is a test that allows students to practice for the SAT.  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.

Why take the PSAT?

  • The PSAT is practice for the SAT
  • Enter the National Merit Scholarship Corporation scholarship competition
  • 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
  • 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

When do I take the PSAT?

  • 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.
  • South High PSAT date is November 2nd and will take place in the auditorium. More information and details will come soon

How long is the PSAT?

  • The PSAT is 2 hours and 45 minutes.