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ACT, SAT & PSAT Information » PSAT


The "PSAT/NMSQT" or "Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test" is offered for students in Grades 10-11. The test is a multiple-choice standardized test composed of three sections: Mathematics, Critical Reading, and Writing. Each of the three sections is scored on a scale of 20-80, which add up to a maximum composite score of 240 points. The sum of the three scores is known as the Selection Index, and is used, along with four general criteria for eligibility, for preliminary selection in the National Merit Scholarship Competition.

Important Dates/Information

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Additional Assessments

CollegeBoard also offers the following additional PSAT assessments for students in 
Grades 8-10:

PSAT 8/9