This exam provides students with a practice test in preparation for the SAT I. It is also used in the selection of the top juniors in the country for the awarding of National Merit Scholarships. The NMSQT selection index is determined annually and varies from year to year. It is announced at the beginning of each school year in September. PSAT scores are not used by colleges as admissions criteria.
It is recommended for any student planning to attend college to take the PSAT at least once if not more than once while in high school.