PSAT

The PSAT/NMSQT is a practice version of the SAT that is offered free of charge to all 10th grade students during the fall semester.  The test date is determined by the College Board and is typically the week after Fall Break.  The test helps prepare students for the SAT and provides them with access to customized test preparation based on their scores. 

Students in 11th grade may choose to take the PSAT  to attempt to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship program.  There is a fee (determined by the College Board) for 11th grade students. The fee for the 2018 test was $16.00.   Fee waivers are available for 11th grade students who receive free or reduced lunch. Waivers are limited, so students are encouraged to register early. 

Accelerated 9th grade students may take the PSAT if space is available.  There is a $16.00 fee for 9th grade students.  The test is not recommended for 9th grade students who are not currently taking 10th or above grade level courses. 

How do I register? 

All students who wish to take the PSAT must register with Mrs. Wood in the main office by the announced deadlineThere will be no exceptions to this deadline! Students in 11th and 9th grades (accelerated students) must pay the required fee at the time of registration.  If you are in 10th grade, you may register here:  10th Grade PSAT Registration form 

When is the test? 

The PSAT will be given during the school day on a date determined by the College Board.  If given on an early release day, the testing session will extend beyond the regularly scheduled school day, so students must provide their own transportation home after the test.  Students will not be allowed to leave the test until the administration is finished. 

Will there be a make-up or alternate date for the test? 

No. The testing date is determined by the College Board and make-up testing is not available. Fees will not be refunded if students are absent on the testing date.

How will I get my scores? 

Scores are typically released by the College Board in December. Score reports are sent electronically to the student's College Board account.  Students must set up a College Board account on the College Board website to receive their scores.  Information from the College Board on how to access your scores will be available on the College Board/PSAT website. 

Can I use my scores for college admission? 

No. PSAT scores are not valid for college admission; however, students can use their scores to determine the best way to prepare for the SAT. 

Other questions? 

Contact Mrs. Wood in the main office or via e-mail at wooda@calhounschools.org. 

Links

PSAT/NMSQT website