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PSAT Test Information

PSAT Testing: 

Administered by Notre Dame in the Fall to Sophomores and Juniors. 

The Preliminary SAT (PSAT) / National Merit State Qualifying Test (NMSQT) is a standardized test that allows students to be able to practice for the SAT test. It is put forth by the Collegeboard which also supports Advanced Placement Testing and the SAT. In the junior year a student also takes the test in order to be a possible National Merit Finalist ( The results of the tests are reviewed with students and parents at a meeting during 2nd Semester.

The PSAT measures:

  • Critical reading skills
  • Math problem solving skills
  • Writing skills

The College Board also provides an online format to review student results and prepare a plan to achieving higher scores on the SAT. This site also has an extensive college and major search feature: (

For more information about PSAT Testing at Notre Dame, contact Chrissy Monohan at

National Merit:

Based on the results of the Junior PSAT, students with a qualifying score are named National Merit Semi-Finalists in Early-September of Senior year.  Notre Dame assists all Semi-Finalists with the Application Process required to compete for becoming a National Merit Finalist.  Students who become National Merit Finalists have some fantastic scholarship opportunities.  

Resources to learn more about the Scholarships offered to National Merit Finalists:

List of Colleges & National Merit Scholarships Offered:  Great Resource! *Read carefully as some colleges only offer full-rides to 'In-State' students.  
College Sponsors List: National Merit publishes this list each year.   NOTE: Scroll down to 2nd page of PDF to see the list of colleges expected to offer National Merit Scholarships.

For more information about National Merit, contact Kelly Burgei at