• 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. 


    While we are optimistic the PSAT/NMSQT testing will occur and we are planning for a face to face administration, our primary goal will be the health and safety of our students and staff as we navigate the extraordinary circumstances related to COVID-19.  We can expect the test administration will be handled differently in order to meet the requirements of the public health officials and the Minnesota Department of Education.  However, we may not know the details until we receive more guidance closer to the testing date.  Please continue to check this website often for updates.  

    Test Date:  Wednesday, October 14th 2020

    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. 

    Cost:  $24.00 (Students with Free and Reduced Price Lunch Status test for FREE)

    Who:  11th grade students who want to participate in the National Merit Scholarship Program self-select or may be encouraged to take this exam. 

    Registration:  Registrations will be processed online using the new SmartSchoolK12 payment system.  The online registration deadline has been extended to September 21st, 2020 at 3:00pm.  

    SmartSchoolK12 - REGISTER HERE

    PSAT/NMSQT - SmartSchoolK12 Parent User Account Setup and Registration Instructions

    Transportation:  We anticipate bus transportation will be available for students, however, transportation details are still being determined and are subject to change.  We will work closely with our Transportation department to provide bus shuttles for students that need transportation to and from the testing sites, according to Covid-19 guidelines.  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:

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

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