PSAT Testing

PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) will take place on October 13th at Issaquah HS. Oct 13th will follow a special schedule which will be released as we get closer to the date.

All current Sophomores and Juniors will be automatically registered to test and an $18.00 fee will be applied to your ASB account after the test for all confirmed students who took the test.   

Families can pay fees through the ASB Bookkeeper or through the online payment portal https://wa-issaquah.intouchreceipting.com/ .

Prior to testing please take some time to review the College Board Student Guide https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/pdf/psat-nmsqt-student-guide.pdf .

This is the only day for the PSAT, there are no make ups.  Running Start students the test starts at 10:10am and cannot be altered.  The test lasts about 2 and a half hours, so plan accordingly.

 

What is the PSAT?

The PSAT/NMSQT is the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. It is a standardized test that provides sophomores and juniors with the opportunity to get ready for the official SAT. It also gives junior students a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools. The PSAT is an annual national test, offered in October each year. There are no make-up dates for this opportunity.

The PSAT is written and scored by the College Board, the same company that writes and scores the SAT, and the testing environment is very similar to the actual SAT environment. In addition to the physical experience of taking the standardized test, each student receives personalized feedback on each section of the test, and can log into a personalized planning guide based on their test results on www.collegeboard.com. This is a low-stakes testing opportunity – the PSAT scores are not sent to colleges, and are not a part of the college application process for any student. For sophomores, scores are purely for their own self-knowledge. For juniors, the PSAT scores are used as qualifying data for the National Merit Scholarship Competition, but this is the ONLY thing their scores are used for other than their own information.

 

What are the benefits of taking this test?

Because a college entrance test (SAT or ACT) is often a required part of four year college application process, any student who is considering direct enrollment at a four year college would benefit from participating in the PSAT. Taking the PSAT familiarizes students with the kind of questions, style of directions, and physical environment of a SAT exam, and provides students with a projected SAT score range, excellent personalized feedback and a study plan. This is an incredibly affordable way to prepare for a college entrance exam. For our highest performing students, the PSAT is also the way they can qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Competition.

For your tenth grader, this test provides a completely no-stakes opportunity to get acquainted with the standardized testing environment and format. It’s also a great opportunity for students who have difficulties with test-taking situations to prepare, get practice and receive personalized feedback in a safe environment, before taking the real SAT/ACT at the end of their Junior year.

 

Students who take the PSAT:

  • Receive feedback on their strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. They can then focus your preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice.
  • See how their performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college.
  • Can enter the competition for scholarships from NMSC (grade 11).
  • Help prepare for the SAT, and to become familiar with the kinds of questions and directions they will see on the SAT.
  • Receive information from colleges if they check "yes" to Student Search Service.

 

How can my student prepare for this test?

Students will receive a PSAT Study Guide prior to the test, which will help them learn more about the exam and testing day. This guide provides useful tips, test-taking strategies, practice questions, a full PSAT practice test, etc.

 

When do we get the results?

Results from this test will be released by College Board home in late January. The results include personalized feedback and a free personalized online SAT study resources. Learn more from at The College Board PSAT information page about how to interpret your PSAT scores, how to access your personalized SAT study plan, and other tools on College Board to help create your road map to success!

 

Accommodations for PSAT/SAT/ACT and AP exams

If you have a documented disability, you may be eligible for accommodations when taking the PSAT/SAT/AP testing. Some available accommodations include extended time, extra and extended breaks, and reading and seeing accommodations (for example, large-type or Braille test books). A student on a 504 plan or has an IEP must submit approval to receive accommodations on these important tests; they are not guaranteed just because you have a 504 plan or IEP.

Approval Is Required

Accommodations must be approved by the College Board’s Services for Students with Disabilities for students taking the PSAT (as well as other College Board assessments including, but not limited to: the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, and AP Exams). There is a form to fill out and needs to be submitted weeks before these important tests.

Start Early

It can often take about seven weeks for an accommodations request to be processed. Please fill out these two forms for ACT or College Board (PSAT/SAT and AP Exams).

The Deadline for AP Exams is earlier than 7 weeks and needs to be submitted by January 18th. See your school counselor early to start the process with plenty of time to spare. Your counselor will submit a request to the College Board Services for Students with Disabilities.