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 PSAT/NMSQT® Information for Students and Parents

​The 2020 PSAT/NMSQT®​ will be administered on October 14, 2020.   Alternate date is October 29, 2020. 

The PSAT/NMSQT® is an excellent opportunity for students to understand and practice the requirements of the SAT®, which is a critical reasoning exam used as a criteria in college admissions.  Tenth grade students who participate in the October administration of the PSAT/NMSQT® receive a detailed, electronic Student Score Report in December. The Student’s Score Report provides students with a comprehensive skills’ analysis of their performance and gives them a code to access Khan Academy ( for personalized practice plans.  Students may explore careers through Roadtrip Nation and BigFuture, features found under the Popular Tools tab.

Each individual Student’s Score Report identifies specific Advanced Placement courses in which the student is likely to succeed.  In addition, each local school may identify students with potential to succeed in identified Advanced Placement courses thru AP Potential, a web-based program based on PSAT/NMSQT® data. 

High schools who test at least 25 students in a grade level have access to the College Board’s K-12 Assessment Reporting Portal at school personnel may grant faculty access to aggregated-level data.  PSAT/NMSQT® Reporting data is available at system, school and student levels.  The K-12 Assessment Reporting Portal is a valuable tool for designing school improvement goals, planning tutorial sessions for students, and evaluating the rigor of classroom assessment.

For more information about the Assessment Reporting Detail or Summary for your school, contact Alison Coker at or Martha Smith at​.


Students who pay to take the PSAT/NMSQT® as a junior are eligible to be considered for National Merit Scholarship.  Confer with your student’s counselor in August about ordering the PSAT/NMSQT® for your junior.

PSAT/NMSQT​® and Home Schooled Students

If you are a home-schooled student or parent of a home-schooled student, contact a principal or counselor at a local public, parochial or independent high school to make arrangements to take the PSAT/NMSQT® at their school.  Be sure to do so well in advance of the mid-October test dates, preferably during the previous June.

If you're a home-schooled student, your PSAT/NMSQT®​ score report is sent directly to your home address.  On the test day, when completing the basic information on the answer sheet, be sure to enter your state's home school code in the "school code" section.  The test supervisor will provide this for you.