Compare the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10

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The PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 are the same test, offered at different times of year. They have these benefits in common:

  • They are both great practice for the SAT because they test the same skills and knowledge as the SAT — in a way that makes sense for your grade level.
  • They both provide score reports you can use to personalize your Khan Academy® SAT practice.
  • These score reports also list which AP courses you should check out.

Ask your counselor which test you’ll take.

PSAT/NMSQT vs. PSAT 10
Facts and Features PSAT/NMSQT PSAT 10
Who takes the test? 10th- and 11th-graders 10th-graders
Where do students take it? At school At school
When do students take it? Wed., Oct. 19, 2016.
Other options: Sat, Oct.15 and Wed., Nov. 2 (view PSAT/NMSQT calendar).
Schools choose a date between Feb. 21 and April 14, 2017 (view PSAT 10 calendar).
Does the National Merit® Scholarship Program use scores to find eligible students? Yes No
Does the test connect students to other scholarships? Yes Yes