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How to Get Ready for the Digital PSAT/NMSQT

If you’re taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) in school, you may be wondering how to prepare. Here are a few steps to get started.


1. Understand Why You’re Taking the Test

The PSAT/NMSQT is more than good practice for the SAT®, and the scores are more than just a number. Find out why students like you take the test.


2. Know What to Expect

Starting this year, the PSAT/NMSQT is digital. Watch the video to find out how it’ll work.


3. Find Out What You Should Bring and what to leave at home


4. Decide How You Want to Get Your Scores

  • If you’re testing in the United States, you can get your scores delivered right to your phone in the BigFuture® School mobile app. If you choose this option, during exam setup, you'll have an opportunity to provide your mobile phone number. Make sure you remember your phone number if you choose this option. After the test, you'll receive a text message at your phone number with a link to access the app.
  • You can also get a PDF of your score report from your school.

As always, if you have a personal College Board account, you can view your score information online at


5. Consider Connections™

Depending on your school or district, you may have the option to participate in Connections, a program including a feature in the BigFuture School mobile app that lets you connect with nonprofit colleges and scholarship organizations. Your personal information will never be shared with any organization unless you decide you want to contact them.

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