• Overview 

    The PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT / National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) is a standardized test that EPISD 10th graders and 11th graders take in October. Like the SAT, it measures knowledge and skills in reading, writing, and math. EPISD Test Day ensures all sophomores and juniors take the exam at no cost.

    Benefits of taking the PSAT/NMSQT

    The PSAT/NMSQT is designed to help prepare students for the SAT, college, and careers. Historically, students who took the PSAT/NMSQT scored higher on the SAT, on average, than those who did not take the test. Students who take the PSAT/NMSQT in 10th grade may use the exam to determine readiness in AP courses. Students who take the PSAT/NMSQT in 11th grade may qualify to enter the National Merit Scholarship Program, an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. All students who opt into the Student Search Service are connected to additional college scholarships opportunities.

    What is a good score?

    PSAT/NMSQT scores range from 320 to 1520. The average score is 920. A score between 1210 and 1520 puts a student in the top 10% of test takers. 

    2023-24 PSAT School Days

    Grade 10: October 24, 2023
    Grade 11: October 24, 2023

    Online Resources

    Understanding your Score
    Homeschooled students who want to take the PSAT/NMSQT, should contact the Testing Coordinator at their neighborhood high school as early in the school year as possible to discuss the registration process. As per Legal Policy EK, "a district shall permit a homeschooled student to participate in an administration of the PSAT/NMSQT or a college advanced placement test offered by the district." Further, "a district shall require a homeschooled student to pay the same fee to participate in such a test that a student enrolled in the district is required to pay." At this time, EPISD pays the fee of the PSAT/NMSQT.

What to expect with the digital tests

  • Study and Practice Tests

Fall 2023 PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide

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