The PSAT is worth taking seriously for two main reasons: it constitutes a solid practice round for the SAT, and it qualifies high-scoring juniors for the coveted National Merit Scholarship. Juniors are automatically signed up to take the PSAT/NMSQT through their high school’s counselor. While both sophomores and juniors are eligible to take the PSAT/NMSQT, junior-year PSAT scores will qualify students for any potential National Merit Scholarship. Sophomores can also take the PSAT 10 in the spring of their sophomore year, and freshman are offered the PSAT 8/9 through school. Always check with your counselor to make sure your school offers the PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, or PSAT 8/9 and to see if you are registered for the appropriate test(s).