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Sep 2014 Source: College Board

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The PSAT/NMSQT or Preliminary SAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is a program supported by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). The PSAT provides SAT exposure to the candidate and qualifies them for further scholarships and perks from NMSC.


What PSAT Tests

  • Presence of mind and critical reading skills
  • Math problem solving skills
  • Writing skills

PSAT tests skills that have been accumulated by the candidate through the course of his schooling and does not emphasize on memorizing facts.

Why Take PSAT/NMSQT tests

  • It asses your strengths and weaknesses of skills which are needed for college and in turn allows you to fortify the areas which need improvement.
  • It helps identify your level by enabling you to compare results with your peers
  • It is a stepping stone to the SAT tests
  • It enables you to avail NMSC scholarships ( only for candidates from class eleven)
  • It provides an avenue to compare college options for the future when you check 'yes' to Student Search Service.

How To Register For PSAT

  • The application forms for PSAT are available for download on the United States-India Education Foundation ( www.usief.org.in)
  • The students can not apply for PSAT online.
  • Visit the nearest USIEF office ( Offices are in Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Delhi) and pay the registration either in the form of cash or demand draft. Submit a passport size photo and Identification proof.
  • On submission of the particulars and the fee, the candidate will receive a PSAT admit card. ( The admit card is required on the day of the test )


Last date for registration is September 5
The Test will be held on October 18, 2014
The test fee for PSAT ( registration fee) is Rs.2000

PSAT Is an excellent foundation for SAT's and act as a bridge between the two educational systems ( USA and India) It is an excellent platform to prepare for SAT's and to adjust to American Exam taking methods.



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