PSAT/NMSQT

PSAT/NMSQT Testing Date - Wednesday, October 15, 2014.
The test date is on a school day, not only due to the College Board's predetermined schedule in order to provide support, but also to ensure that this opportunity is available to all public school sophomores, where transportation will not be an issue.

Parent/Guardians of Idaho Public School Sophomores

Because the state-funded, sophomore administration of the PSAT/NMSQT is optional for Idaho schools, please contact your student's high school to determine if the school will be administering the PSAT/NMSQT in the fall of the 2014-2015 school year. High schools will be able to continue ordering exams for students, or increase orders to accommodate new students, through September 26, 2014. No action will be needed until school is back in session for the 2014-2015 school year.

For the second year, with funding provided by Senate Bill 1200, all public school sophomores will be provided the opportunity to take the PSAT/NMSQT. While the sophomore administration of the PSAT/NMSQT will not be mandatory, we encourage schools to take advantage of the opportunity. Please continue to read for information on data, resources, test date, and registration and ordering deadlines.

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The PSAT/NMSQT is a comprehensive assessment that provides educators, students, and families an array of data and resources. It provides tools for students and teachers that can help foster a strong college and career ready culture in your school. In addition, the PSAT/NMSQT reports can be a powerful tool to inform and improve instruction. On average, students who take the PSAT/NMSQT score 136 points higher on the SAT than those students who do not take the PSAT/NMSQT. The PSAT/NMSQT 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 search for colleges, explore majors and careers, access a SAT Study Plan, and see their AP Potential
  • Students access to MyRoad™, an online tool that includes a personality profiler and is designed to help students make career, college, and college major decisions.
  • Students can explore 450 occupations, 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, 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

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School PSAT/NMSQT 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. The ordering site is now open. To receive student preparation materials, orders must be placed by June, 30, 2014. Please order by this date so that your students receive these free resources, including a free full length Practice Test, to help them prepare for the PSAT/NMSQT. Schools may increase their orders through September 26, 2014. Please be on the lookout for an email from the College Board with detailed information on how to order and increase your order, which will include your school's ordering access code.

Please view the instructions below to help you complete your PSAT/NMSQT orders as well as information on Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) accommodations. The attached document includes detailed instructions whether your school has ordered in the past or if this will be the first time. If you are a school that administers the PSAT/NMSQT for your 11th graders, you may order these materials at the same time; however, please keep in mind, the Idaho SDE will only be providing funding for 10th grade administration.


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For virtual schools, the test administration process will be similar to that of the SAT; in that 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 will receive further 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 15th testing date, preferably the same location used for the SAT in the past. Also, if your school has not administered the SAT in the past, but plan 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. Attached is further information on PSAT/NMSQT ordering, including steps for requesting an AI code, if needed, accommodations information, and calendar.


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As the PSAT/NMSQT is probably the first College Board test a student will take, the College Board recommend submitting eligibility forms when the student enters high school. These accommodations will follow a child through school. Access Information for students requiring accommodations at http://www.collegeboard.org/ssd. 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. The deadline for receipt of completed SSD accommodation requests is August 27, 2014.

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.


button PSAT/NMSQT Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can a school's 11th graders take the PSAT/NMSQT on the Fall PSAT/NMSQT School Day, Wednesday, October 15, 2014, as well?

Yes; please keep in mind, the Idaho SDE will only be providing funding for 10th grade administration. At the time of remittal of the completed PSAT/NMSQT booklets, districts will indicate the quantity of 10th and 11th graders that have taken the test. Districts will also indicate that the 10th grade administration will be funded by the State of Idaho. The remittal process will occur online; more information and instructions on the remittal process will be included in the PSAT/NMSQT materials shipment.

2. Can schools provide administration of the PSAT/NMSQT on both the Fall PSAT/NMSQT School Day, Wednesday, October 15, 2014, and on a Saturday?

No; the state funded test date is on a school day, not only due to the College Board's predetermined schedule in order to provide support, but also to ensure that this opportunity is available to all public school sophomores, where transportation will not be an issue. Also, the College Board only allows one yearly administration date at any given location; this is due to security policy and procedure.

3. Being that a school can only administer the yearly PSAT/NMSQT on one date, if a school chooses to not administer the PSAT/NMSQT to 10th graders on the October 15th date, can the school administer the PSAT/NMSQT to both 10th and 11th graders on a Saturday administration?

The 10th grade administration of the PSAT/NMSQT is a great opportunity for students in preparation for the SAT the following year; however, administration is not mandatory and is completely up to local control. If a school decides to administer the PSAT/NMSQT on a Saturday, rather than October 15th, regardless of grade level participation, this is perfectly within the school's rights; however, the state will only fund those 10th graders participating on the Wednesday, October 15th date.

4. What if a school already placed an order for the PSAT/NMSQT based on numbers for juniors and sophomores, can the school still increase the number of 10th graders who will be participating in the PSAT/NMSQT administration on the October 15th PSAT/NMSQT School Day?

Yes; the last day for schools to increase test orders is September 26, 2014.

5. What if a school already placed an order for the PSAT/NMSQT based on numbers for juniors and sophomores, can the school update the order to include ALL sophomores instead of the number originally ordered? Will schools be charged a fee for each booklet that goes unused?

We have confirmation from the College Board that Idaho public schools will not be penalized for ordering unused test books; please see the document under the Ordering Information drop down, p. 6. Please order enough to test all of your students by June 30th so you can receive the practice test booklets for all students; orders can be reduced until August 29th.



2014-2015 PSAT/NMSQT Calendar

Date Deadline Description
30-Jun-14 Deadline for ordering test materials to ensure delivery of Official Student Guides by September.
30-Jun-14 Deadline to request online fee waivers for juniors. Eligibility details can be found at: http://professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/waivers/guidelines/psat
27-Aug-14 Deadline for receipt of completed SSD accommodation requests
29-Aug-14 Last day for U.S. schools to reduce test book orders
26-Sep-14 Deadline for schools to order PSAT/NMSQT nonstandard test formats for priority shipping. Final deadline to order nonstandard formats is September 28.
26-Sep-14 Deadline for schools to order PSAT/NMSQT nonstandard test formats.
8-Oct-14 PSAT/NMSQT test materials delivered to schools by this date
15-Oct-14 PSAT/NMSQT School Day Test Date*

Important Links PSAT/NMSQT Coordinator / Ordering Site: http://www.collegeboard.org/school/

Information on how to place an order: http://professionals.collegeboard.org/testing/psat/coordinate/register

Need Additional Help: Call (888) 477-PSAT (7728), if you have any questions.