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).
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.