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.
2018 EXAM INFORMATION
Test Date: Wednesday, October 10th 2018
Registration: Registration and payment will be completed online using ParentVue/Feepay beginning Monday, August 6th. The deadline to complete registration is Wednesday, September 12th at 3:00pm.
Cost: The cost for the PSAT/NMSQT exam is $23.00. (Students who are enrolled or eligible to participate in the Federal Free or Reduced-Price Lunch program qualify to take the exam at no charge).
Location: Testing will be offsite, not at the high school. MVHS students will test at North Heights Lutheran Church, 1700 Highway 96 West, Arden Hills. IDHS students will test at the Mounds View Community Center, 5394 Edgewood Drive, Mounds View.
Transportation: The PSAT/NMSQT exam will be administered off site. The test administration will take approximately 4 hours. Students may provide their own transportation to and from the testing site location. Students need to arrive at the testing site by 8:30am and the exam will begin at 9:00am. Bus transportation will also be available to and from the high school to the testing site. Students requesting bus transportation to the testing site will board at the front entrance of the high school beginnning at 8:15am. The bus will depart for the testing site promptly at 8:25am. Students will be expected to return back to the school when testing is done.
To Prepare for the PSAT/NMSQT Exam: College Board has joined forces with Khan Academy to provide free SAT practice programs and resources to all students. Students can visit their website at https://www/khanacademy.org/sat.
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 contact Diana Phillippi at 651-621-6043 or email@example.com.
Contact Information: If you have any questions or need assistance with the PSAT exam registration process, contact Diana Phillippi, District Testing Coordinator at 651-621-6043 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PSAT/NMSQT Additional Resources:
PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide - test taking tips and advice, national merit scholarship program information, practice exam and more.
CollegeBoard website - visit the website for additional PSAT/NMSQT resources and information.
2018 EXAM SCORES
Students will be able to view their 2018 PSAT/NMSQT exam scores beginning Monday, December 10th by signing in to their online College Board account. College Board will also send an email confirmation to students when their PSAT/NMSQT scores are available to be viewed.
If the 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. If a student needs assistance getting their access code, they can contact their Dean or the Testing Coordinator at their school. They can also contact the District Assessment office - Diana Phillippi, 651-621-6043, email@example.com.
The 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.