The Preliminary SAT, also known as the PSAT/NMSQT® (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test), is a preparatory version of the SAT exam. You can only take the PSAT once per year, and most students take the test in both 10th and 11th grade. If you earn a high score on the PSAT your junior year, you could qualify to receive a National Merit Scholarship—$180 million dollars in merit scholarships are awarded to students each year! Testing your skills in reading, writing, and math, the PSAT is 2 hours and 45 minutes long. Unlike the SAT, the highest score possible on the PSAT is 1520.

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PSAT and Scholarships, when taking the PSAT be sure to say "yes" to the "Student Search Service" when you fill out your answer sheet on test day. More PSAT scholarship information.

View our helpful videos to the right to learn about the PSAT, learn how to view your results online, learn to understand your scores and how to link your PSAT College Board account to Khan Academy for your free adaptive and diagnostic SAT Prep. Research shows students who link their PSAT results to Khan Academy and complete 15 hours of prep, see an increase in scores of on average 100 points. That is quite impressive!