The PSAT Exam is given annually on Oct. 12th and Oct. 15th. Though all high schoolers are allowed to take the PSAT test, only 11th graders are qualified for the scholarships. We recommend 11th grade students start with SAT/ACT prep beginning in April so that they are well-prepared to take both the PSAT and the SAT in October, November or December.
The test is 2 hours and 10 minutes long and divided into 5 sections testing your skills in Math, Critical Reading, and Writing. Each section on the PSAT has a scaled score from 20-80 points.
The most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are to:
- Receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. You can then focus your preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice.
- See how your performance on an admissions test might compare with that of other college applicants.
- Enter the competition for scholarships from NMSC (grade 11).
- Help prepare for the SAT. You can become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions you will see on the SAT.