PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10
Students in 10th and 11th grade can take the new PSAT/NMSQT for the first time in October 2015. The PSAT 10 will be available to 10th-grade students in the spring.
Students sign up for the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 with their school counselor.
The PSAT/NMSQT and the PSAT 10 cover the same content areas. Both tests provide students and educators with the chance to check in on progress toward college and career readiness and success. And both serve as an excellent way for students to preview and practice for the SAT, because they are tightly aligned with the new SAT.
The new PSAT/NMSQT and the PSAT 10 will give students access to free personalized SAT study. With students’ explicit permission, Khan Academy will use their PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10 results to create a study plan especially for them.
Taking the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 can also connect students to:
The PSAT/NMSQT is the official route of entry to the National Merit® Scholarship Program. The PSAT 10 will not be considered for entry.
Over 3.8 million students took the PSAT/NMSQT in 2014.
Schools can administer the PSAT/NMSQT to 10th- and 11th-graders on Oct. 14 or Oct. 28, 2015. They can also give 10th-graders the PSAT 10 between Feb. 22 and March 4, 2016. For ordering deadlines, go to PSAT 10 Dates.
Ordering the Tests
Educators order online. Students sign up with their school counselor. Learn about the new Test Ordering website.
Get to Know the Tests
As parts of the SAT Suite of Assessments, the new PSAT/NMSQT and the PSAT 10 are tightly aligned with the new SAT.
Find out what kinds of questions will be asked and which skills and knowledge areas will be tested. Go to Test Design.
Practice Test and Sample Questions
Take a full-length practice test, explore sample questions, and visit Khan Academy. Go to Practice for the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10.
Taking the Tests
Did you know?
- Students sign up for the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 with their school counselor.
- The tests cost $15. Schools can request fee waivers for eligible 11th-grade students taking the PSAT/NMSQT.
- Students with disabilities who want to test with accommodations must request them from the College Board at least seven weeks before test day.
Better Access to Better Data
With subscores and cross-test scores, PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 scores provide deep insight into student readiness for college and career.
Educators will have access to detailed score reports for the 2015-16 administrations of the PSAT/NMSQT and the PSAT 10 through a powerful online score reporting system that will grow to include scores from every test in the SAT Suite of Assessments.