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The PSAT/NMSQT is the preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The exam is administered for Sophomores at Carlsbad High School each October. Students are able to take the PSAT again during their Junior year in order to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship.

The PSAT/NMSQT exam will be administered on Saturday, October 15, 2022.  The Registration deadline is September 15, 2022 (midnight PDT).  See Registration information to register.

*Current Juniors can still be considered for the National Merit Scholarship award according to National Merit Scholarship Corporation procedures found here: National Merit Org.  Students must complete all processes and procedures directly with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation by April 2022. 

The purpose of the PSAT is to provide a standardized benchmark assessment of skills in three basic academic areas important for success in college: evidence-based reading, writing & language, and math.

Below are instructions for obtaining your scores, along with resources to understand and improve your future scores.

  • To obtain your scores, please create a College Board account here. After your account has been created, click here to view your scores. 
  • Click here for resources for understanding your PSAT score, or watch this video.
  • Finally, visit our Testing page on our CHS website for resources including free SAT practice exams, SAT prep courses, and more.