PSAT Exam Information

PSAT 8/9 for students in Grades 8 and 9

Students in grades 8 and 9 have the opportunity to get a jump start on pre-college testing with the PSAT 8/9. All grade 8 students will have the opportunity to take the PSAT 8/9 in the spring.

The PSAT 8/9 helps students determine what they need to work on most so that they’re ready for college when they graduate from high school—and it supports educators as they guide the way. The PSAT 8/9 tests the same skills and knowledge as the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, and PSAT 10—in a way that makes sense for eighth and ninth graders. It measures what they’re already learning, shows them whether they’re on track for college, and lets them know where they need the most improvement. That means students have time to tackle these areas long before they take the SAT. (taken from

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PSAT Exam for students in Grades 10-11

Students in grades 10 and 11 may elect to take the preliminary SAT (PSAT/NMSQT) exam. GDQ will administer the exam on a set date each fall. 

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The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program cosponsored by the College Board and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It is a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT®. It also gives US students a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools.

The PSAT/NMSQT measures:

  • Critical reading skills
  • Math problem-solving skills
  • Writing skills

The most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are for students to

  • Receive feedback on strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. Students are then able to focus their preparation on those areas where additional study and practice would be beneficial.
  • See how their performance on an admissions test might compare with that of other students applying to college.
  • Enter the competition for scholarships from NMSC (students from the US in grade 11 only).
  • Help prepare for the SAT. Students can become familiar with the types of questions and the exact directions they will see on the SAT.
  • Receive information from colleges by checking “yes” to Student Search Service.

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