College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation conducts the preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). Students take this test in the fall usually during 10th  grade in the school day.

The PSAT is often taken as a practice for the SAT. It also allows eligible juniors to enter into the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Each year about 1.5 million juniors take the PSAT in the hopes of qualifying for the National Merit Scholarship Program. The exact PSAT score for National Merit consideration differs from year to year and by state. It is always the top 1% of students (about 15,000 juniors) who qualify as Semi-finalists. 

You will have to score in the top 1% of your state — not the whole country. Score range of The PSAT is between 320 and 1520. In addition to that composite score, your score report will say you your test scores for Math, Reading, and Writing and Language. These scores fall between 8 and 38.

To score high students can use Socrato to practice online and get insights beyond scores. Socrato’s Companion Series helps you get the most from your Official Study Guide.

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