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REGISTRATION DEADLINE: September 16, 2019
1. Registration & Fees
Students must register for the 2019 PSAT/NMSQT® exam between August 19, 2019 and September 16, 2019 (midnight, PST). No late registration is possible. The exam will be administered at Pacific Collegiate School on Wednesday, October 16, during school hours. The cost for each exam is $24.00.
PCS encourages students in grade 10 and 11 to register for the PSAT/NMSQT®. (Seniors do not take the PSAT/NMSQT®.)
A number of College Board fee waivers for PSAT® may be available to 10th and 11th grade students who are eligible for free or reduced lunch or other public assistance programs. To apply for a fee reduction, contact Ms. Sarah DeSousa prior to the registration deadline date. Students who qualify for a fee reduction will receive a discount code to apply to the online registration form.
2. Refunds and Cancellations
After registering, students may decide not to take the PSAT® exam. Deadline for students to cancel their PSAT® registration is September 20, 2019 at 3 p.m. PST. To cancel your registration, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and include in the email your name, school of enrollment, and student ID number. Registration fee will be refunded minus a $3 administrative fee.
3. Why take the PSAT/NMSQT® exam?
10th grade students are encouraged to take the PSAT® as a precursor to 11th grade. This gives parents and students an idea of where your particular strengths are, relative to what is tested on the SAT®. Students are also encouraged to take the PSAT® in 10th grade in order to begin receiving information from colleges that may be a best fit. It is one of the first steps in beginning to communicate with colleges and demonstrate some interest. This can be a very useful tool in beginning to hone your test taking skills for the following year, and will expose you to a number of colleges.
11th grade students are encouraged to take the PSAT® for three reasons: First, it gives the most accurate assessment of where you are likely to score on the actual SAT®, and gives you an idea of where to focus your preparation skills and energy when studying for the SAT®. Second, you are entered as part of the National Merit Scholar Qualifying Test, a competition that awards some top scoring students with scholarships and increased visibility to colleges. Finally, it’s another form of practice, which reduces test anxiety during the actual test.
4. Where do you report for the PSAT® exam?
Please check your school’s website for reporting location and time.
5. PSAT® Exam Score reporting
PSAT® score reports are usually available in mid-December. Score reports will be available via the College Board website at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/scores Questions and interpretation of the PSAT® should be referred to Ms. Sarah de Sousa (College Counselor) at Sarah.deSousa@pcsed.org
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