PSAT/NMSQT Updates for Fall 2023
Who: 11th graders
When: testing window is Oct. 16-27
Registration: all juniors are pre-registered, if you would like to opt-out, contact your CollegeBoard advisor (see below).
How: Paper/pencil test administration at student's school, during the regular school day
- TPS pays PSAT/NMSQT exam fees.
- Students should bring their student ID, two No. 2 pencils with erasers and an approved calculator.
Please direct questions/concerns to the student's school.
Exam scores will be available in December.
CollegeBoard Advisor by school
- Foss: Tanja Ownbey
- IDEA: Melissa Moffett
- Lincoln: Jake Clausen
- Mount Tahoma: Rosalia Burson
- Oakland: Indie Berg
- SAMI: Allie LaCombe
- Silas: Rindi Hartman
- SOTA: Lisa Wessels
- Stadium: Yvonne McCarty
- Tacoma Online: Kristina Lewin
- Willie Stewart Academy: Renee Froembling
What is the PSAT/NMSQT?
The Preliminary SAT / National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a standardized college admission exam that is used to determine eligibility and qualification for the National Merit Scholarship Program, and also serves as a practice test for the SAT. There are three sections on the PSAT/NMSQT: Math, Reading, and Language & Writing. The total testing time is 2 hours and 45 minutes, and it includes 139 questions.
Online score reports show the skills students should work on and connect students to the following resources:
- Tutor.com- Free LIVE Tutoring is available through tutor.com, students access tutoring through Schoology.
- Khan Academy- Free personalized SAT study based on your test results
- AP Potential™- Feedback and recommendations on future classes
- Career Finder- where students can create their own career roadmap
- BigFuture- explore colleges, majors, and careers
- Student Search Service- Connect and receive information about educational and financial aid opportunities from eligible colleges, universities, and other scholarships and educational programs.
Who takes the PSAT/NMSQT?
TPS offers the PSAT/NMSQT to enrolled 11th graders on several school days in the fall & winter. TPS pays the PSAT/NMSQT exam fees for enrolled TPS students and preregisters them for one of the offered sessions. Students in other grades, or those who prefer to take the test on a Saturday, may do so at their own cost.
How is the PSAT/NMSQT administered?
It is a paper/pencil exam administered at a school location.