Students enrolled at the SDUHSD high school campuses may submit registration and payment here for the 2021 PSAT/NMSQT® exam.
Exam Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021
Registration Deadline: September 8, 2021, 11:59pm PST
How do I register for the exam?
Registration for the 2021 PSAT/NMSQT Exam opens August 17, 2021.
Click on the “Order the PSAT/NMSQT®” button below and complete the online registration and payment form before 11:59pm PST, September 8, 2021.
One the form, you will be asked to indicate your campus of attendance, which is also where your exam will be administered. (Students attending Sunset HS may select the campus where they would like to be hosted for the exam administration.)
What are the fees for the exam?
The exam fee is $37.
Payment is submitted at the end of the online payment form. Payment can be submitted online with a debit or credit card, or by mailing in a check or money order. A 3.1% credit card processing fee is added to the cost of the exam automatically if paying with a debit or credit card. There is no additional fee for mailing in payment. Mail in instructions are provided on the payment form. Postmark deadline to mail in a payment and ensure timely processing is September 3, 2021.
Is there any financial assistance available for the exam?
Qualifying students are eligible to receive a reduction or waiver of fees. Please contact your School Counselor for information and to request a reduction. Approved requests will receive a Fee Reduction discount code to apply to the online registration and payment form. Discount codes should be requested BEFORE completing the payment form and at least two days before the registration deadline.
Why take the PSAT/NMSQT® exam?
The PSAT/NMSQT® (PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) is a 2.5-hour version of the College Board’s SAT®. The PSAT/NMSQT® measures verbal, mathematical, and writing abilities important to success in university and provides practice for taking the SAT® in their senior year. The PSAT/NMSQT® can be used to predict performance on the SAT. The PSAT® is not used in US university admission; scores will be sent only to the student and to the school.
In the grade 11 year, the PSAT/NMSQT® exam is also the qualifying exam for the National Merit Scholarship.
Who should take the exam?
11th grade students enrolled in the five SDUHSD high schools may register for the exam. (Students will take the exam at their school of attendance. Students attending Sunset may select a campus to host them.)
Due to space constraints, SDUHSD will offer the PSAT/NMSQT® only to 11th-grade students currently attending a SDUHSD school.
How do I prepare for the exam?
The College Board offers detailed information as well as preparation tools developed in partnership with The Khan Academy. To access these tools via The College Board’s PSAT/NMSQT® informational page, click here.
What do I need to know about the test day?
Exam day specifics and reporting information will be communicated by your campus closer to the test date. Please plan for the following:
- ALL students taking the exam must have a CURRENT school- or government-issued photo ID (such as a driver’s license or school ID.)
- Students must bring two #2 pencils with erasers or they will not be admitted
- A 4-function calculator is also recommended
- Students may also bring water and a snack
Please see The College Board PSAT/NMSQT® Test Day Checklist for what to bring and what not to bring.
Can I cancel the exam and get a refund?
Cancellations submitted by 11:59pm PST on September 10, 2021 will be eligible for a full refund of the exam fee. (Credit card fees are non-refundable.) To cancel and request a refund, email email@example.com and include: Student name, name of their school (including city/state), exam title to cancel (i.e. PSAT/NMSQT®).
No refunds will be issued for any exams canceled after September 10, 2021 and no shows on exam day are not eligible for any refunds.
When and how are scores for the exam released?
Exam scores are typically released in mid-December via The College Board’s online portal.
When PSAT/NMSQT® scores are ready online, the student will receive from College Board an email with instructions on how to create a College Board profile, how to go to the online score report, and how to use the access code to view scores. Please visit College Board’s website for detailed information on how to access PSAT/NMSQT® scores.
– score alert emails are sent to the student email address the student provides during registration. my.sduhsd.net emails should NOT be used since only SDUHSD.net users are able to send messages to those addresses. Students should use a personal email AND should make sure that email is also used on their College Board profile.
– each student should have only ONE College Board profile. If you already have an account because you took an AP® exam as a grade 9 or 10 student, do NOT create a new account!
Where can I get more information on the exam?
For more information on the PSAT/NMSQT® exam, please visit the SDUHSD District FAQ page linked HERE
For questions or assistance with exam fee submission, please contact APTS at firstname.lastname@example.org