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PSAT/NMSQT Frequently asked questions

PSAT/NMSQT Frequently asked questions

  • all students taking the PSAT/NMSQT must have a valid school- or government-issued photo ID 
  • two #2 pencils with erasers or they will not be admitted
  • 4-function calculator is also recommended
  • Students may also bring water and a snack
  • Please see PSAT Test Day Checklist for what to bring and what not to bring.
Test Date Registration Deadline Fee (Collected through APTS)
Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020
What is the PSAT/NMSQT?
  • The PSAT/NMSQT is an optional practice exam hosted by the College Board for 11th grade students. Please visit the College Board’s PSAT page for more detailed information about the PSAT/NMSQT including test content.
When is the PSAT offered? 
  • College Board sets the dates for PSAT administration each year.
  • SDUHSD will offer an opportunity for 11th grade students to participate in the PSAT Saturday, October 17, 2020.
  • The PSAT is not mandatory or offered to any 9th or 10th graders at SDHUSD.
  • Please see the College Board’s website for test dates. 
There are 2 dates for the PSAT/NMSQT. Why is SDUHSD offering administration on Saturday, not Wednesday? 
  • The PSAT is intended to give students practice for taking the SAT.  All SAT administration dates are on a Saturday. To provide students with a similar structure, SDUHSD is providing an opportunity for students to take the PSAT on Saturday. 
Where is the PSAT offered?
  • Four SDUHSD high schools will offer the PSAT at their site (LCC, TPHS, CCA, & SDA) for current SDUHSD 11th grade students on Saturday, October 17, 2020. 
How does a student sign up to take the PSAT in 11th-grade?
  • 11th-grade students can sign up to take the PSAT through the SDUHSD PSAT website at The deadline for registration is 11:59 pm on September 11, 2020.
How much does it cost to take the PSAT at SDUHSD?
  • The cost to participate in PSAT at SDUHSD is $28. The fee covers the expenses for testing materials as well as the test proctors and facilities 
Is there any financial assistance for the PSAT/NMSQT®exam?
  • Students should contact their School Counselor to apply for a fee reduction BEFORE submitting registration. Students who are eligible will receive a discount code to apply to the online payment form. Discount code use eligibility is verified.
Is it possible to cancel and receive a refund?
  • A full refund of the exam fees is possible through 11:59 pm on September 11, 2020. To cancel and request a refund, email and include: Student name, name of their school (including city/state), exam title to cancel (i.e. PSAT/NMSQT®).
    No refunds will be issued for any exams canceled after September 11, 2020 and no shows on exam day are not eligible for any refunds.
Who should take the PSAT/NMSQT?
  • 11th grade students who are currently enrolled in one of the five SDUHSD high schools may choose to take the PSAT.  
  • College Board also provides early practice exams called the PSAT 8/9 and PSAT 10. SDUHSD does not offer these optional practice exams.
I am a student who attends Sunset HS, where should I register for the exam?
  • Students attending Sunset High School are eligible to select the campus where they would like to sit for the exam. Please select that campus on the registration form as your school of attendance.
I didn't attend an SDUHSD high school, can I register for the exam?
  • Unfortunately given the uncertainty with the COVID-19 pandemic and changing public health orders, SDUHSD will offer the PSAT/NMSQT®only to 11th-grade students currently attending a SDUHSD school.
Why are only 11th-grade students able to participate?
  • SDUHSD offers the PSAT students in 11th grade as preparation for the SAT as well as an opportunity to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship. Only the scores from the PSAT taken in the 11th-grade year are considered for the National Merit Scholarship competition.
  • SDUHSD’s policy to offer an opportunity for 11th-grade students only was informed by feedback from students that they needed to limit the number of tests that are given and that such testing leads to increased stress and anxiety about academics, college, and their futures. Grade 9 and 10 students who would like to begin practice for the SAT may take available practice PSATs or SATs on their own time.
How can a student prepare for the PSAT?
  • Coursework taken at school in English and Math will prepare students for the PSAT. Students can also visit the College Board’s PSAT page to access materials and resources to help prepare for PSAT.
When will students receive their PSAT scores?
  • Students get 2020 PSAT/NMSQT scores in mid-December 2020.
  • Educators can access scores in the K–12 reporting portal in early December 2020.
  • Specific score release dates will be posted in late summer.
How do students access their PSAT score report?
How are scores interpreted?
  • College Board’s website includes detailed information about PSAT score structure as well as interpreting PSAT scores. Students may schedule an appointment with their School Counselor to review and discuss their PSAT scores.
Who else besides the student sees their PSAT scores?
  • Please visit College Board’s website for detailed information on where PSAT scores are sent and who is able to see them.
  • PSAT/NMSQT scores are also sent to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
  • PSAT/NMSQT scores are sent to high schools, school districts and states. 
Are a student's PSAT scores sent to colleges?
  • SDUHSD does not post PSAT scores on student transcripts. These scores are not intended to be part of college admission decisions.
  • Colleges do not receive PSAT scores. College Board does not send PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10 scores to colleges.
  • Please visit College Board’s website for more detailed information on who sees a student’s PSAT scores.