"The Preliminary SAT®/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is a co-sponsored program by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) .

PSAT/NMSQT stands for Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT Reasoning TestTM. It also gives you a chance to enter National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) scholarship programs.

The PSAT/NMSQT measures:

Critical Reading Skills

Math Problem-Solving Skills

Writing Skills

You have developed these skills over many years, both in and out of school. This test doesn't require you to recall specific facts from your classes.

The most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are:

~ to receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. You can then focus your preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice.

~ to see how your performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college.

~ to enter the competition for scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (grade 11).

~ to help prepare for the SAT. (You can become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions you will see on the SAT. )

~ to receive information from colleges when you check "yes" to Student Search Service.

Spending your school years taking challenging academic courses and reading widely is the best way to get ready for the PSAT/NMSQT.

The PSAT/NMSQT includes the same types of critical reading, math, and writing skills multiple choice questions as the SAT® Reasoning Test."  --Cited from PSAT/NMSAT website