The Preliminary SAT National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is offered to all CCSD 10th grade students. Content on the PSAT/NMSQT is very similar to the SAT, with reading and writing and math sections. In addition, 9th and 11th grade students are afforded the opportunity to take the PSAT/NMSQT for a fee.
Students in 11th grade who take the PSAT/NMSQT and meet other program entry requirements specified in the PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide will enter the National Merit Scholarship Program, an academic competition for recognition and scholarships conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).
The PSAT/NMSQT is divided into two parts, reading and writing and math. The time allotted for each section is 60 minutes, for a total of two hours on the testing day. The reading and writing and math sections of the digital PSAT/NMSQT are designed to measure success with building critical college and career readiness knowledge in literacy and math.