PSAT/NMSQT Updates for Fall 2023

Who: 11th graders

When: testing window is Oct. 16-27

Registration: all juniors are pre-registered, if you would like to opt-out, contact your CollegeBoard advisor (see below).

How: Paper/pencil test administration at student's school, during the regular school day 

  • TPS pays PSAT/NMSQT exam fees.
  • 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.

CollegeBoard Advisor by school

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:

  • Free LIVE Tutoring is available through, 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.