About the PSAT/NMSQT

  • The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT® by measuring skills in critical reading, math problem-solving and writing. It also gives students a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools. Through the district's local control accountability plan, all 10th grade students in SUSD will be taking the PSAT for free.

About the SAT

  • The SAT is the benchmark standardized assessment of thecritical reading, mathematical reasoning, and writing skills students have developed over time and that they need to be successful in college. Nearly every college in America uses the test as a common and objective scale for evaluating a student's college readiness.  SUSD administers the SAT to all 11th and 12th graders, free of charge, through the SAT school day program.  Juniors take the SAT in the spring and seniors take it in the fall.

    Educators trust the SAT as a useful part of the college application process because the SAT is:

    • The most researched standardized admissions test
    • The standard in reliability and validity
    • An internationally recognized, accurate measure of college readiness and scholarship potential