Using This Guide
Taking the PSAT/NMSQT® is a great way to find out how ready you are for college and career. The PSAT/NMSQT is also the qualifying test for entry to the National Merit® Scholarship Program (described on the flip side of this guide). Just as important, taking the PSAT/NMSQT connects you to College Board programs and services that can propel you toward the opportunities you’ve earned through your own hard work. We’ve created this guide to help you:
•Become familiar with the test so that you’re not surprised or confused on test day. A complete practice test is included in this guide.
•Learn the test directions. The directions for answering the questions in this guide are the same as those on the actual test.
•Review the sample questions. The more familiar you are with the question formats, the more comfortable you’ll feel when you see similar questions on the actual test. In particular, be sure to practice writing answers to the student-produced response questions on the Math Test later in this guide. Find additional sample questions at psat.org.
•Understand how the tests are scored.
•Be aware of what you need to know about taking this test. Terms and conditions and other test security and fairness policies can be found after the sample questions.