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The Preliminary SAT® (PSAT)/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) is a standardized test for American high school juniors administered by the College Board and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).[1]

The purpose of the test is to prepare students for the SAT Reasoning Test™ that is the primary exam results used by competitive colleges. The PSAT/NMSQT also has a modest scholarship program for participants.

The PSAT/NMSQT claims to evaluate:

  • critical reading skills
  • writing skills
  • math problem-solving skills

In its scoring system for the purposes of the scholarships, the verbal skills count twice as much as mathematical skills.[Citation Needed] Calculators are allowed on the exam.