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What is the PSAT/NMSQT? 


The PSAT/NMSQT is a test that can qualify you for scholarships and other honors. 


Here are the facts:


  • PSAT/NMSQT stands for Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
  • It’s a test that measures the skills you’ve developed in reading, math and writing.
  • Typically, students take the test as sophomores and juniors, although some take it earlier.
  • Your score in junior year might qualify you for scholarships because it is the National Merit Scholarship Qualiying Test.
  • The test is cosponsored by the College Board and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.




Jamie offers practice PSAT tests in the fall of each year to give you an early indication of how much test prep you need to reach your goal.  




If you are a junior, your scores might qualify you for scholarships!


Private Appointments


If you have a hectic, constantly changing schedule, or feel like you need individualized help in PSAT test content, private appointments can be made with one of Jamie's tutors. Check out Jamie's appointment packages on the Fee Schedule page.



What to Expect:


The PSAT/NMSQT takes 2 hours and 10 minutes to complete. It is made up of five sections:


  • Two 25-minute critical reading sections
  • Two 25-minute math sections
  • One 30-minute writing-skills section

The critical reading sections include multiple-choice sentence completions and critical reading questions. The math sections include both multiple-choice questions and problem solving. For the writing-skills section, students answer multiple-choice questions related to identifying sentence errors, improving sentences and improving paragraphs.


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