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The PSAT 10 and PSAT/NMSQT are important practice tests for the SAT, an entrance exam required or recommended by many U.S. colleges. (Another option for college entrance testing is the ACT.) Learn more about the SAT or ACT.

Neither the PSAT 10 nor the PSAT/NMSQT is used for college admission. They are identical tests but function in different ways:

  • For Sophomores, the state-mandated (free) PSAT 10 administered in April is used in place of CMAS PARCC testing in Language Arts and Math. It can also serve as practice for the PSAT/NMSQT taken in the fall of Junior year.
  • For Juniors, the October PSAT/NMSQT determines eligibility for the National Merit Scholarship. Freshmen and Sophomores may take the test for practice if there is space available.

The PSAT does not include an essay (while the SAT includes an optional essay). It is 2 hours and 45 minutes long and tests your Reading, Writing and Math (see Quick Links at right for details). The SAT is 3 hours long, with an additional 50 minutes for the optional essay portion.

PSAT 10 for Sophomores
Administered annually
by Fairview in April.

PSAT/NMSQT for Juniors
Administered annually
by Fairview in October.
Hardcopy results are available in mid-December at the Counseling Office.