NMSQT is a highly competitive academic competition in the United States. It is administered by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation and serves as an initial screening for the National Merit Scholarship Program.
The format of the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test consists of three main sections: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW), Math, and an optional Essay.
High school juniors in the United States are eligible to take the NMSQT. Sophomores may also take it for practice, but it is the junior year scores that count for National Merit recognition.
The NMSQT is scored on a scale of 320 to 1520, combining the scores from the two sections: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (ERW) and Math. Each section is scored on a scale of 160 to 760.
To calculate the PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index, add your Math, Reading, and Writing & Language test scores (each out of 760), and then multiply the sum by 2, yielding a maximum score of 228.
The PSAT/NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) typically takes 2 hours and 45 minutes to complete. It consists of three sections: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW), Math, and an optional Essay.
NMSQT is typically administered in October of each year. The testing window for the PSAT/NMSQT is October 2 to October 31, 2023. During the testing window, each student is only permitted to take the assessment once.