Preliminary SAT (PSAT/NMSQT®)

The PSAT/NMSQT is a comprehensive assessment that provides educators, students, and families an array of data and resources. It is a tool for students and teachers that can help foster a strong college and career ready culture.

Exam Benefits

The PSAT/NMSQT reports can be a powerful tool to inform and improve instruction. On average, students who take the assessment score 136 points higher on the SAT than those students who do not take it.

The benefits to your district and 10th grade student test takers include:

  • Access to AP Potential™, a great online tool for expanding and improving your Advanced Placement Program®
  • Student access to My College QuickStart™, an online college and career planning tool students can use to search for colleges, explore majors and careers, access a SAT® Study Plan, and see their AP Potential
  • Student access to MyRoad™, an online tool that includes a personality profiler and is designed to help students make career and college decisions
  • Students can explore 450 occupations within 69 academic fields representing more than 175 instructional programs. Educators have access to free supplemental MyRoad downloads including lesson plans.
  • PSAT/NMSQT Summary of Answers and Skills (SOAS) Reports which is a robust report that analyzes correct and incorrect answers
  • Free professional development workshops conducted by The College Board on how to interpret and use the data to inform instruction and identify skill gaps

As the PSAT/NMSQT® is probably the first College Board test a student will take, the College Board recommends submitting eligibility forms when the student enters high school. These accommodations will follow a child through school. Access information for students requiring accommodations can be viewed on the College Board's Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) website.

PSAT/NMSQT® accommodations can be ordered online, and are synched with the approved accommodations in the SSD database. Schools will only be able to order as many nonstandard exams as they have students with approved accommodations.

If you are waiting to hear whether or not a student's accommodations were approved, you can contact the College Board's SSD Program at (609) 771-7137.

School PSAT/NMSQT® coordinators should place orders online. If your school currently does not have an assigned PSAT/NMSQT® coordinator, you will need to assign someone. This person may be the same person as the point of contact for the SAT/ACCUPLACER.

PSAT 2016 ordering instructions are pending. Please view the school ordering services for initial ordering information.

For virtual schools, the test administration process will be similar to that of the SAT. Virtual schools will need to have students take the test at one of the school's home offices, at a nearby high school that is administering the test, or find a central location that can accommodate the administration. Virtual schools will need to communicate with students to determine the best possible option for the attending student population.

In the fall, virtual schools receive information on the administration process, including information on completing a test plan for the administration of the PSAT/NMSQT®. Until then, virtual schools will need to determine and secure a location for the October testing date, preferably the same location used for the SAT in the past.

If your school has not administered the SAT in the past but plans to administer the PSAT/NMSQT®, you will need to request an AI Code from the College Board. If your school has administered the SAT in the past, the current 6-digit AI code provided by the College Board for SAT testing, also known as the CEEB code, will remain the same for PSAT/NMSQT® administration.


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