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PSAT/NMSQT in DoDEA

PSAT/NMSQT Testing Program

The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying (PSAT/NMSQT) test is the qualifying test for entry to the National Merit® Scholarship Program, an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. The test is highly relevant to students’ future success. The test focuses on the skills and knowledge required for college, measures what students learn in high school, and what students need to succeed in college. The PSAT/NMSQT test is used to determine eligibility and qualification for entry in the National Merit Scholarship Program (MNSQT).

Student Participation

DoDEA students in 10th and 11th grades participate in the PSAT/NMSQT test in October. PSAT/NMSQT participants are automatically screened for the National Merit® Scholarship Program, an academic competition for recognition and scholarships for 11th grade students. For more information on the National Merit Scholarship program, please review the official website at the National Merit® Scholarship Program (for educators) found on the site.

Student Results / Reports

PSAT/NMSQT results are reported in three sections - Reading, Writing and Language, and Math. The Reading section tests students' ability to draw conclusions and make inferences from reading passages, while the Writing and Language section tests knowledge of grammar, usage, punctuation, and other English conventions. The Math section focuses on algebraic problems and tests ability to analyze and interpret data sets. The scale score for the test is 320-1520 and scores are reported for Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing. Students may access their PSAT/NMSQT scores through their College Board account. Learn more about PSAT/NMSQT summary reports.

Resources for Teachers, Parents and Students

Practice Test through the Khan Academy

College Board offers free resources to students through their personalized study plan on the Khan Academy. This site provides practice questions and full-length practice tests. Students can score their own practice test and learn from their mistakes. Get started with the free PSAT/NMSQT practice test: Take a Practice Test.

Contact Information

Contact the high school principal for additional information on the PSAT/NMSQT test being administered at the school.

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