Power Up Potential

The PSAT/NMSQT® (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) given to 10th- and 11th-grade students. As part of the SAT® Suite of Assessments, it’s designed to help prepare students for the SAT, college, and careers. Historically, students who take the PSAT/NMSQT score higher on the SAT, on average, than those who don’t take the test.


Connections to Scholarships

Students who take the PSAT/NMSQT in 11th grade may enter the National Merit® Scholarship Program, an academic competition for recognition and scholarships.


Our other scholarship partners also use the PSAT/NMSQT to find students qualified to apply for their programs. These organizations give out over $255 million in combined awards every year.


Free SAT Practice on Khan Academy

Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy® is FREE for all students and the best way to prepare for the SAT. Created by Khan Academy and the makers of the SAT, Official SAT Practice gives students a practice plan built just for them. When they link their College Board and Khan Academy accounts, students get a personalized study plan based on their results on tests like the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, or PSAT™ 10, so they can focus on the skills they need to work on most.


Students also get access to:

  • Thousands of practice questions with instant feedback
  • Video lessons that explain questions step by step
  • Full-length practice tests
  • Studying and test-taking strategies

Students can access free, personalized SAT practice anytime, anywhere at You can view SAT practice recommendations and progress for entire classes and individual students, making it easier than ever to get your students ready for the SAT.


Research shows that students who spend 20 hours on Official SAT Practice gain an average of 115 points from the PSAT/NMSQT to the SAT.


Click here for the PSAT Student Guide:

This power point gives a brief overview of what is tested on the PSAT with examples of questions.