There are three different PSAT tests:

  • The PSAT/NMSQT is given annually in October to students in grades 10 and 11 at most high schools. For high-scoring 11th graders, it is the qualifying test for National Merit Scholarship recognition. Read More >>
  • PSAT 10 is given as another practice test in the Spring to 10th graders at participating schools.
  • PSAT 8/9 is given in the Fall or Spring to students in 8th and 9th grades at participating schools.

Compared to the SAT, the PSAT is 15 minutes and 15 questions shorter. Neither test contains an essay. Click here for more info about SAT vs PSAT differences in test format and scoring.

If your high-scoring student will take the PSAT/NMSQT as a junior, we strongly recommend PSAT prep in August and September. Working one-on-one with advanced students, Dogwood’s tutors help students achieve their best PSAT scores. And the same training will help to earn top scores on the SAT in October and/or November… and also boost ACT scores!