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Promoting College Readiness:
The PSAT/NMSQT helps students become college ready. It provides detailed feedback on skills, access to scholarships and personalized online tools, and excellent practice for the SAT.  The PSAT/NMSQT assesses reading, math and writing skills.  It does so in the same format for the SAT, which can help create a specific study plan for future success on the SAT.  However, there are some very clear advantages of taking the PSAT. 
 
For instance:  

National Merit Scholarship Program

PSAT/NMSQT scores are used as an initial screen of entrants to the National Merit Scholarship Program, which recognizes outstanding academic achievement by U.S. high school students.  Click here to learn more about the National Merit Scholarship Program    

Recognition of Outstanding Hispanic/Latino Students
The College Board recognizes academically outstanding Hispanic/Latino U.S. high school students.  Click here to learn more about the National Hispanic Recognition Program    

National Scholarship Service

The National Scholarship Service offers a free college advisory and referral service for eleventh grade African-American students.  To participate write to:   National Scholarship Service 980 Martin Luther King Drive, SW, PO Box 11409 Atlanta, GA 30310    

Telluride Seminar Scholarships

The Telluride Association offers scholarships to gifted eleventh grade students for their six-week summer program in the humanities and social sciences.   Telluride Assocation Website         Northwest ISD PSAT Support

High School PSAT Summer Prep

Understanding your PSAT Score

Reading Your Score Report

Practice Test and Sample Questions

Take a full-length practice test, explore sample questions, and visit Khan Academy. Go toPractice for the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10.

Give It a Try and See for Yourself

What will the redesigned PSAT/NMSQT and the PSAT 10 really be like? Find out firsthand by printing and taking the official redesigned PSAT/NMSQT practice test.

You can also explore these sample questions:

 

 



With more scores, the new PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 8/9 provide a clear, early picture of you and your readiness for college. They help you and your teachers pinpoint areas for improvement. Learn about the tests' place in the vertical score scale that spans all tests in the SAT Suite of Assessments.

PSAT/NMSQT Score Ranges

PSAT/NMSQT Score Reported

Details

Score Range

Total score

Sum of the two section scores.

320–1520

Section scores (2)

Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, and Math.

160–760

Test scores (3)

Reading, Writing and Language, and Math.

8–38

Cross-test scores (2)

Analysis in History/Social Studies and Analysis in Science. Based on selected questions in the Reading, Writing and Language, and Math Tests.

8–38

Subscores (7)

Reading and Writing and Language:Command of Evidence and Words in Context. Writing and Language: Expression of Ideas and Standard English Conventions. 
Math: Heart of Algebra, Problem Solving and Data Analysis, and Passport to Advanced Math.

1–15


 

PSAT 8/9

PSAT 8/9

Details

Score Range

Total score

Sum of the two section scores.

240–1440

Section scores (2)

Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, and Math.

120–720

Test scores (3)

Reading, Writing and Language, and Math.

6–36

Cross-test scores (2)

Analysis in History/Social Studies and Analysis in Science. Based on selected questions in the Reading, Writing and Language, and Math Tests.

6–36

Subscores (6)

Reading and Writing and Language:Command of Evidence and Words in Context. Writing and Language: Expression of Ideas and Standard English Conventions. 
Math: Heart of Algebra, Problem Solving and Data Analysis.

1–15






About Those Numbers

When you view your online score reports, you’ll get summaries of your performance on each test and content area. You can also filter results and drill down to see how you performed on easy, medium, and hard questions or on questions that measure different skills. Percentiles will show how you did compared to your peers.


Next Steps

Online score reports do more than show you which skills you should work on. They also connect you to: