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The Preliminary SAT, also known as the PSAT/NMSQT® (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test), is a practice version of the SAT exam. Students can only take the PSAT once per year, and many take the test in both the 10th and 11th grades. If the student earns a high score on the PSAT his or her junior year, they could qualify to receive a National Merit Scholarship—$180 million dollars in merit scholarships are awarded to students each year. The PSAT is 2 hours and 45 minutes long and tests your skills in reading, writing, and math. Unlike the SAT, the highest score possible on the PSAT is 1520.

Students will receive a composite score, two-section scores, and a variety of subsection scores. The test itself includes four timed sections: Evidence-Based Reading, Writing and Language, Math (no calculator), Math (calculator allowed) -Kaplan  

All Sophomores at SMHS will take the PSAT Test during their regular school day at no cost