PSAT/NMSQT Updates for Fall 2021
Who: 11th graders
How: Paper/pencil test administration at student's school, during the regular school day
- TPS pays PSAT/NMSQT exam fees and pre-registers all enrolled 11th grade students.
- Students should bring their student ID, two No. 2 pencils with erasers and an approved calculator.
Please direct questions/concerns to the student's school.
Exam scores will be available in December.
What is the PSAT/NMSQT?
The Preliminary SAT / National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a standardized college admission exam that is used to determine eligibility and qualification for the National Merit Scholarship Program, and also serves as a practice test for the SAT. There are three sections on the PSAT/NMSQT: Math, Reading, and Language & Writing. The total testing time is 2 hours and 45 minutes, and it includes 139 questions.
Online score reports show the skills students should work on and connect students to the following resources:
- Tutor.com- Free LIVE Tutoring is available through tutor.com, students access tutoring through Schoology.
- Khan Academy- Free personalized SAT study based on your test results
- AP Potential™- Feedback and recommendations on future classes
- Career Finder- where students can create their own career roadmap
- BigFuture- explore colleges, majors, and careers
- Student Search Service- Connect and receive information about educational and financial aid opportunities from eligible colleges, universities, and other scholarships and educational programs.
Who takes the PSAT/NMSQT?
TPS offers the PSAT/NMSQT to enrolled 11th graders on several school days in the fall & winter. TPS pays the PSAT/NMSQT exam fees for enrolled TPS students and preregisters them for one of the offered sessions. Students in other grades, or those who prefer to take the test on a Saturday, may do so at their own cost.
How is the PSAT/NMSQT administered?
It is a paper/pencil exam administered at a school location.
- PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide
- Inside the PSAT/NMSQT
- Test day checklist
- PSAT/NMSQT Practice Tests
- Request accommodations
- Find a test center (if not taking a TPS-offered test session)