PSAT 8 Updates for Fall 2021

Who: 8th graders
When: December 6 - 17, 2021
How: It is a digital exam administered online at a school location. 

  • TPS pays PSAT 8 exam fees and pre-registers all enrolled 8th grade students.
  • Your school will contact you with confirmation of date, time and instructions.
  • Students should bring their district provided computer, student ID, and a pen or pencil. 
  • Be sure to eat breakfast before you arrive. Students are asked to bring their own drink/snacks if needed.
  • Please direct questions/concerns to the student's school.
  • Exam scores will be available in January 2022.

What is the PSAT 8?

The Preliminary SAT for 8th grade students (PSAT 8) is an exam that assesses the same skills and knowledge as the SAT and PSAT/NMSQT, but at an 8th-grade level. It exposes students to the types of questions they will encounter on higher-stakes exams in the years to come without directly affecting their college applications or scholarship opportunities.

Who takes the PSAT 8?

TPS offers the PSAT 8 to all enrolled 8th graders.

How is the PSAT 8 administered?

It is a digital exam administered online at a school location. The actual exam length is about 2 hours, 45 minutes.

Will students be able to take the Digital PSAT 8 virtually at home?

No, College Boards requires students take the exam at school in a proctored setting.

What safety precautions are in place the day of the exam?

TPS is following the TPS and Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department COVID-19 Guidelines. All students must wear masks or face coverings, will be socially distanced three feet apart. If you feel sick the day of your exam, please stay home and contact the school to reschedule your exam.

Do students need to register to take the Digital PSAT 8?

TPS will register eligible students for the Digital PSAT 8 exam.. Students are required to create a College Board profile. Their account will be used to login and access the Digital PSAT 8 exam, view scores, and for all future College Board Exams.

  • Visit and click Sign up to get started.
  • We highly recommend students to use their personal email address when registering, so their College Board account will be accessible after graduation or if the student transfers out of district.