If you have a student in eleventh or twelfth grade, chances are you’ve heard of the National Merit Scholarship. All test takers in their third year of high school are automatically considered for the National Merit Scholarship when they take the Preliminary SAT (PSAT), as the National Merit Scholarship Corporation is a co-sponsor of the exam. This non-profit organization recognizes students with the highestscores on the PSAT each year with a scholarship. In fact, the alternate name for the PSAT is the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT).
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