PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test(PSAT/NMSQT)The Educational Testing Service, on behalf of the College Examination Board and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), offers the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) each October. This two-hour test is similar to the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and measures critical reading, writing and math problem-solving skills. It is recommended for use in guiding sophomores, juniors and some seniors who plan to continue their education. Completion of the PSAT is required by all sophomores at Southmoreland High School.Taking the PSAT/NMSQT is the first step to entering the scholarship programs administered by NMSC and can provide advance indication of college capability that can be used to make a wise, realistic choice of college. Publications that furnish additional information about the PSAT/NMSQT and the scholarships administered by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.