The Preliminary SAT, also known as the PSAT/NMSQT® (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test), is a preparatory version of the SAT exam. Not used to determine college admissions; intended to help students prepare for the SAT. Same format as the SAT, but shorter – a test of verbal and mathematical reasoning.
- Students can only take the PSAT once per year, and most students take the test in both 10th and 11th grade.
- If a student earns a high score on the PSAT his/her junior year, he/she could qualify to receive a National Merit Scholarship.
- Testing skills in reading, writing, and math, the PSAT is 2 hours and 45 minutes long. Unlike the SAT, the highest score possible on the PSAT is 1520.
- For school year 2020-2021, Indiana will continue to fund PSAT for grades 10 and 11 student in public or accredited nonpublic schools. (See hyperlink for official confirmation that you can use as documentation.) For school year 2021-2022, it’s likely that Indiana will continue to fund PSAT for grades 10 and 11 in the Fall as we have in the past, but that must be confirmed by legislators in the upcoming legislative session before we can count on those funds. From Mary Williams, IDOE (June 2020)
- Funding for Fall 2020 PSAT Administration – IDOE Memo (April 10, 2020)
- Testing logistics for PSAT – from Counselor Talk subscribers (October 2019)
- June 2019 PSAT Memo from IDOE-Funding
- Accommodations for PSAT/SAT
- Question: Any high school counselors know who is responsible for making sure an IEP student receives their accommodations on the SAT and/or ACT? (Counselor Talk, January 2019)
- Because our school is small, the counselors apply for the accommodations through SAT/ACT. The special ed dept works with us to tell us which students plan to take the tests.
- I am a small school and do apply for accommodations.
- I am at a huge school (Carmel High School) and we are responsible for submitting all the accommodations requests. We have really tried to streamline it by having the paperwork signed during the freshman case conferences so that the students will be approved for accommodations when they take the PSAT sophomore year. I’m attaching the packet that parents have to fill out to request accommodations. This has really helped us in this process.
- At the high school level the special education department should be responsible for this. In my opinion school counselors shouldn’t be responsible for requesting accommodations and proctoring these exams.
- Which students do you test (Counselor Talk, September 2018) Responses
- PSAT Update 8-13-18
- State Board of Education Policy Guidance regarding the PSAT replacing the Accuplacer requirement, July 11, 2018
- PSAT Day Schedule Information and Additional Responses (responses from Counselor Talk, August & November 2017)
- If you’re running the PSAT, I’ve found it easier to unwrap the answer sheets and separate those two things out…if you just give rooms a wrapped pack of answer sheets, a lot of them will not see those and text you frantically asking where they are. They’re easily unnoticed.
- PSAT Testers from online schools (from Christina Riley, the College & Career Counselor at Connections Academy, Counselor Talk, Sept. 2017):
We do not send out letters to students telling them to [contact local schools to take the PSAT]. I just simply sent an email to students letting them know that we cannot offer the PSAT (per College Board) and if they want to take the exam, they will need to contact a local high school. Yes, the state will pay for our students if they take it at [a local public] school. We are an accredited, public school… It is up to your district if you want to allow INCA students to take the PSAT/AP with you…
- PSAT Creating an Account Presentation: Linking Khan Academy and College Board Student Accounts (PowerPoint)
- College Board: Learn About the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10
- College Board PSAT Information for K-12 Educators
- Understanding 2017 PSAT Results
- Know Your Tests: College Entrance Exams
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