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The PSAT/NMSQT measures verbal reasoning, critical reading, math problem solving, and writing skills that are important for academic performance in college. The PSAT/NMSQT is a shortened version of the SAT Reasoning Test and the multiple-choice section of the SAT Subject Test in Writing. Its score scale of 20 to 80 is comparable to the SAT scale of 200 to 800. This test serves as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and can be used as an early indicator of academic strength. Students use it as a practice test for the SAT Reasoning Test and SAT Subject Test in Writing. The PSAT/NMSQT is administered once a year in October. Students register to take the test through their high schools and the high school staff administers it. Some high schools test all juniors, some test sophomores, and other schools do not require the test. Before students begin the test they are asked to answer questions about their academic achievement, plans for college, and other demographic information on the PSAT/NMSQT answer sheet. PSAT/NMSQT Summary Reports provide participation rates on a state-by-state basis. In-depth profiles of sophomore and junior PSAT/NMSQT test takers are available for each state and are a good resource for searching by state. Contact your College Board regional office for a copy of the profile for your state.