Students in 9th, 10th, and 11th grade can take the PSAT/NMSQT for the first time in October of each year.
The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test PSAT/NMSQT® is a practice version of the SAT exam. You can only take the PSAT once per year, and many students take the test in the 9th and 10th grades for practice and again in the 11th grade. If a student earns a high score on the PSAT during the junior year, he/she could qualify to receive a National Merit Scholarship. Each year, $180 million dollars in merit scholarships are awarded to students. The PSAT is 2 hours and 45 minutes long and tests students’ skills in reading, writing, and math. Unlike the SAT, the highest score possible on the PSAT is 1520.
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