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The PSAT/NMSQT is changing dramatically in October, 2015. We are currently updating our PSAT programs to reflect the new test format and question types. All-new practice questions, videos, and other materials will be available no later than June 2015 for the October 2015 exam.

In the meantime, get a head start by learning about the new test and what to expect.

How is the PSAT/NMSQT changing?


New Scoring

  • Top score 1600 (800 for Math, 800 for Evidence-based Reading and Writing) Each section is 160-760 points, for a combined score of 320-1520.

  • No wrong answer penalty


  • Lots of algebra and problem solving, less geometry

  • Includes one section where you cannot use a calculator

Evidence-based Reading and Writing

  • No sentence completions, but more vocabulary in context

  • Emphasis on Social Studies, History, and Science passages


  • Several informational graphics, or data displayed in charts and graphs - even on the Writing section!

  • Longer reading passages - even on the Math section!


When is PSAT/NMSQT changing?

Mark your calendars for October, 2015.

Test Dates

The PSAT (a.k.a. the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, NMSQT) is usually held in mid-October.  Visit the CollegeBoard Test Dates and Fees page for this year's date. 


Students must register through their high school.  Contact your guidance counselor or school principal for information on how to register.

The fee for the exam is $15, although schools might charge an extra fee to cover administrative costs.  Eligible students should see the CollegeBoard page for information about fee waivers.

Length of Test

2 hours, 45 minutes

What to Bring
  • Two No. 2 pencils
  • An approved calculator
  • Social security number (optional)
  • Email address (optional). Students can opt to receive information about educational opportunities and financial aid via email from colleges, universities, some scholarship programs, College Board programs, and nonprofit organizations whose mission and offerings supplement the path to higher education.
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What is the average PSAT score?

The PSAT is changing in October 2015. We will not have average PSAT scores until the results of the first administration are published.

What score are schools looking for?

PSAT scores are not reported to colleges and universities.  If you are wondering what score is required to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship, know that the cut-off point changes every year as new groups of students take the exam.
How do I interpret my scores?

Your PSAT score is a scaled score, meaning the score is not a representation of raw points.

Each section is 160-760 points, for a combined score of 320-1520.

For more information, see the CollegeBoard page on PSAT/NMSQT Scores and Review.




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