• General PSAT Test Information



    The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a comprehensive assessment program that helps create a college-going culture in your school by providing practice for the SAT and offering a valuable array of free services for students and educators. Students who take the PSAT/NMSQT can enter scholarship competitions and use My College QuickStart to tap into personalized college and career planning resources. Schools that administer the PSAT/NMSQT have access to powerful skills assessment solutions, as well as AP Potential, a tool that helps schools grow their AP programs, placing more students on the path to success in college.  For more information please visit: CollegeBoard-SAT


    PSAT Prep MCIS Resources:
    MCIS is a web based career development program.  Students have the ability to take 2 FREE full length PSAT practice tests.   Students should login using their ISD 728 MCIS login.
    username:  student ISD 728 full email address
    password:  Elks(student lunch number)  example:  Elks12345
    PSAT prep materials can be found on MCIS under  My Portfolio/Test Prep/College Entrance Tests.  You can also pick up a handout with printed directions in the Career Center.  

    National Merit Scholarship Corporation

    Academic Competitions for Recognition and College Scholarships


    National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC)

    NMSC is an independent, not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance. NMSC conducts two annual competitions for recognition and scholarships-- the National Merit Scholarship Program and the National Achievement Scholarship Program. As cosponsor of the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), NMSC receives the scores of all students who take the test as well as information they provide on their answer sheets.


    The 2019 PSAT/NMSQT is the entry vehicle for NMSC’s 2020 programs. Who should take it?

    NMSC uses the PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index (the sum of the critical reading, mathematics and writing skills scores) as an initial screen of program entrants and to designate groups of students to receive recognition. To enter NMSC competitions, students must take the test in the specified year of their high school program and meet other published entry requirements. Almost all entrants are in their third year (grade 11, junior year) of high school. Students completing high school a year or more early who are in their last or next-to-last year also may enter. For other situations, contact National Merit Scholarship Corporation: 1560 Sherman Avenue, Suite 200, Evanston, IL 60201-4897; phone: 847-866-5100.


    National Merit Scholarship Program

    The National Merit Program is open to all students who meet entry requirements. Each year some 1.5 million high school students enter the competition, 50,000 are recognized for their academic potential, and 9,700 win Merit Scholarship awards or Special Scholarships for college undergraduate study. (Special Scholarships are provided by corporate sponsors for students who meet their criteria and are high performers in the competition, but not Finalists.) Students who qualify for recognition in the National Merit Program are notified through their schools in September.


    National Achievement Scholarship Program

    The National Achievement Program is an academic competition in which only Black American high school students participate. Black students who wish to enter the National Achievement Program as well as the National Merit Program request consideration in the National Achievement Program by marking Section 14 of the PSAT/NMSQT answer sheet. More that 160,000 students enter each annual competition, 4,700 participants receive recognition, and some 800 win Achievement Scholarship awards. Students who qualify for recognition in the National Achievement Program are notified through their schools in September.


    Need more information? Detailed information about entry requirements, program recognition, and scholarships may be found in (1) the NMSC section of the Official Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT (sent to PSAT/NMSQT Coordinators); (2) NMSC program publications sent to high school principals in September; and (3) on NMSC’s website, www.nationalmerit.org.




    For more information, visit www.collegeboard.org/psat