PSAT

The PSAT/NMSQT is a preliminary/practice version of the SAT that is offered free of charge to all 10th grade students during the fall semester.  The test for 2021 is scheduled for  Tuesday, October 26.  The test schedule may be revised or cancelled due to changes in school operations or College Board procedures.  Space is limited and students registering for the PSAT may be placed on a waiting list. 

Why should I take the PSAT/NMSQT? 

The PSAT helps prepare students for the SAT and provides them with access to customized test preparation based on their scores.  College bound students should also plan to take the SAT and/or ACT (college entrance exams) during their 11th grade year.  

Students in 11th grade may choose to take the PSAT  to attempt to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship program.  National Merit Scholars typically score in the top 1% of  students taking the PSAT/NMSQT.  There is a testing fee (determined by the College Board) of $18.00 for 11th grade students which can be paid with cash or check made out to CHS.  Money should be left in main office in envelope beside Mrs. Glaze's desk. Fee waivers may be available for 11th grade students who receive free or reduced lunch.  Students must request a waiver when they register. 

Accelerated 9th grade students who completed Honors Algebra I or Accelerated Algebra I/Geometry A and 9th Grade Literature in 8th grade may take the PSAT if space is available.  There is an $18.00 fee for 9th grade students. Students must register to be placed on the waiting list. 

How do I register? 

Registration is now open.  Students who wish to take the PSAT must register online by the end of the school day on Friday, September 10There will be no exceptions to this deadline! 

Links to the registration form will be sent via e-mail to students' ccsjackets.org accounts on Monday, August 23. 

When is the test? 

The PSAT is scheduled during the school day on Tuesday, October 26.  The test lasts approximately 3 1/2 hours. 

Can COLA students take the PSAT? 

COLA students can register to take the PSAT using the grade level links sent to their ccsjackets.org accounts. The test will be given on campus and students must provide transportation on testing day. COLA students should join the Remind (see below) to receive testing updates. 

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.  The testing schedule may be modified or cancelled due to changes in school operations or College Board procedures. 

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. 

Other questions? 

Contact the PSAT coordinator, Madison Bunch at bunchm@calhounschools.org

Links/Resources

PSAT/NMSQT website

REMIND 101 for the 2021 PSAT - text @chspsat2 to 81010

Student Guide to the PSAT (hard copies will be available in the main office to registered students)