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The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is the official route of entry to the National Merit Scholarship Program. The PSAT is not a college admittance exam. The PSAT/NMSQT is a challenging academic exam, emphasizing English and Math. Less than the top 2% of all testers nationally qualify as National Merit Finalists.

Lafayette will offer the opportunity for junior and sophomore students to take the PSAT during the school day on Thursday, October 12th, 2023.

  • Juniors: This is your only opportunity to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Programs.
  • Sophomores: Test your skills and practice prior to your junior year.

New for Fall 2023

The PSAT/NMSQT test is now digital. This new format is easier for students to take, shorter, has more time per question, and comes with a built-in calculator.


  • Registration for the PSAT is available online only from August 28 - September 7, 2023
  • Late registrations will not be accepted
  • Exam fee $25


Exam Day Information

  • Exam Date: October 12, 2023
  • Exam Time: 8:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
  • Exam Location: LHS Back Gym and/or MPR

Specific details will be emailed to registered participants closer to the exam date.

How to Access Score Reports

  • Scores are available online through a student's College Board account, usually in December.
  • Nothing is mailed home by College Board or LHS
  • Students who qualify for National Merit Semi-Finalist or other awards will be notified in fall of 12th grade, usually in September


College Readiness

National Merit

College Readiness - PSAT-NMSQT

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