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 2020 is scheduled for  Wednesday, October 14.  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 $17.00 for 11th grade students. There is an additional $0.75 fee for online payment.   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 in 8th grade may take the PSAT if space is available.  There is a $17.00 fee for 9th grade students.  An additional $0.75  fee is charged for online payment.  Students must register to be placed on the waiting list. 

How do I register? 

Registration will open on August 31.  Students who wish to take the PSAT must register online by the end of the school day on Friday, September 11There 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 31. 

When is the test? 

The PSAT is scheduled during the school day on Wednesday, October 14.  

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 Mrs. Wood in the main office or via e-mail at wooda@calhounschools.org or the  PSAT coordinator, Madison Bunch at bunchm@ccsjackets.org. 

Links/Resources

PSAT/NMSQT website

REMIND 101 for the 2020 PSAT - text @chspsat to 81010

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