• PSAT/NMSQT Exam - National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test

    The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is co-sponsored by the College Board and National Scholarship Corporation.   The PSAT/NMSQT is a standardized test that most high schools in the United States administer to 11th grade students.  Considered to be a “preliminary SAT,” the PSAT test gives students a sense of the format, question types, content, and time limits that they will encounter on the SAT, should they take it. Additionally, the PSAT test serves as a qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship Program, an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. This means that some of the highest scoring students may win scholarship money. Ultimately, the PSAT test is good practice for the SAT and ACT, college admission tests that students often have to take to be admitted to 4-year colleges. 


    The Mounds View School District, along with College Board, is planning for a face-to-face PSAT/NMSQT exam administration.  While we are optimistic this will occur, our primary goal will always be the health and safety of our students and staff as we navigate the circumstances related to COVID-19.  The test administration will be handled according to the school district guidelines, the requirements of the public health officials and the Minnesota Department of Education.  We will update this district PSAT/NMSQT webpage with any additional testing updates as they become available.

    Test Date:  Wednesday, October 13th 2021

    Time:  Students should arrive at 8:30am, exam will begin at 9:00am.

    Location:  Irondale students will test at the Mounds View Community Center, 5394 Edgewood Drive, Mounds View 55112.  Mounds View High School students will test at North Heights Lutheran Church, 1700 Hwy 96, Arden Hills. 

    Who:  11th grade students who want to participate in the National Merit Scholarship Program self-select or may be encouraged to take this exam.  It is also recommended that any junior who expects to go to college take the exam as preparation for future nationally-normed standardized tests (SAT or ACT, for example), which are administered later in the junior year.

    Registration:  Registration is now closed as of Tuesday, September 14th, 2021.  If a student missed the registration deadline and would like to register, please email  If space is available, we will continue to work with students and  families to process additional registrations.  

    Cost:  $25.00 ~ Students and families enrolled in the Educational Benefits Program (Free and Reduced Lunch) qualify for a free exam.  The amount due will show $0 during the checkout process when completing the online registration (above).

    Transportation:  Bus transportation will be available for students that need transportation to and from school to the testing sites.  Students may also provide their own transportation to and from the testing site.  

    Homeschool and Out of District Students:  Homeschool and public school students attending Mounds View High School and Irondale High School are welcome to register for the PSAT/NMSQT exam, however, this test administration is reserved only for students in the Mounds View School district. Students from other Minnesota Public Schools should contact the school they are enrolled at in regards to support with accessing this exam.  For information on how to register, please email the Mounds View Schools Assessment department at:

    PSAT/NMSQT Resources: 

    Irondale HS Students - 2021 PSAT/NMSQT Important Exam Day Information

    Mounds View HS Students - 2021 PSAT/NMSQT Important Exam Day Information

    PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide

    PSAT/NMSQT SmartSchoolK12 Online Registration Instructions

    PSAT/NMSQT Calculator Policy

    PSAT/NMSQT Test Day Checklist - What to Bring and What Not to Bring

    PSAT/NMSQT Terms and Conditions

    College Board PSAT/NMSQT Website - visit the website for additional resources and information

    Contact Information:  If you have any questions or need assistance, email the Mounds View Schools Assessment department at  



    October 2021 student exam scores will be released online December 6th and 7th, 2021.  Students will be able to view their 2021 PSAT/NMSQT exam scores by signing in to their online College Board account

    College Board will also send an email to students when their PSAT/NMSQT scores are available online with instructions on creating a College Board accountaccessing the online score report and using the access code to view thier scores. 

    If a student does not have an online College Board account, they should create a College Board account when they receive the email that scores are ready and use the access code from the email to view their scores.  Students can also contact their Dean or the Testing Coordinator at their school if they need assistance with getting their access code or contact the District Assessment office at (651-621-6043).   

    A student may already have an online College Board account if they have previously taken an Advanced Placement or CLEP exam and can log in to their existing account to view their PSAT/NMSQT score. 

    For more information, visit the College Board PSAT/NMSQT Scores website.