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The PSAT is both a practice test for college entrance boards, and a scholarship qualifying exam.

At South High:

FAQS (Frequently Asked Questions) 

PSAT/NMSQT FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

What does PSAT/NMSQT stand for?
Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholar Qualifying Test


Why take the PSAT/NMSQT?

The PSAT is not a measure of intelligence or a college entrance test.

Instead, it is an opportunity to practice for tests like the SAT and ACT which you may need for college entrance.

If you get a strong score on the PSAT you may be considered for the National Merit Scholarship program, which includes some 8,700 scholarships in all. 


What’s on the PSAT?

Three sections:

1. Reading (47 questions), 60 minutes

2. Writing and Language (44 questions), 35 minutes (No essay section).

3. Math (48 questions), 70 minutes


What are some strategies for doing well on the PSAT?

(Source: Kaplan Test Prep, Khan Academy and

1. All the questions in a section are worth the same number of points, so do not spend too much time on the harder questions.    
   Answer the easier questions first. 

2. Work through questions you can do quickly and efficiently. 

3. Choose easiest section first.

4. Never leave a PSAT question blank! No penalty for guessing. So, if you run out of time, pick a “letter of the day” (ABCD). 

How can I practice for the PSAT/NMSQT?

Visit the SAT Suite of Assessments

Who can I talk to at South if I have questions?

Advanced Academics Coordinator Fred Cheng can answer any questions.


[Compiled by former Advanced Academics Coordinator and teacher, Anne Marie Plante]