How to Register for PSAT
The PSAT is a standardized test held in October every year. The PSAT test is conducted primarily for scholarships. Many students appear for the PSAT because it allows them to secure the National Merit scholarships and other company and college sponsored scholarships to fund their college education. The PSAT scores can be used to estimate your performance in the SAT test. Appearing for the PSAT test is a dry run for those students aiming for the SAT test.
PSAT Test and Registration
The PSAT test is administered in high schools in your area; it is not conducted at test centers. The PSAT registration procedure is different from the SAT registration procedure. The College Board website does not facilitate PSAT registration. Instead, you need to meet your school counsellor or principal and inform them that you are interested to appear for the PSAT test. You will be informed about the registration process and fees required at the time of registration. The PSAT registration fee is $14. Make sure that you find out about your eligibility for fee waivers. After paying the fees, you will be signed up at your school for the test on the designated dates. There is no online PSAT registration available. Thus, it is important that you meet your school counsellor immediately after your school announces the schedule for PSAT registration.
Remember to Check the Date
Schools can administer the PSAT test on only one date. The PSAT test is conducted on a Wednesday and Saturday. Remember to check the date when your school is administering the test. If you plan to take the test on a Wednesday, make sure that your school is administering the test on Wednesday so that your PSAT registration is confirmed for your selected date.
If Your School Does Not Administer PSAT
If your school does not administer PSAT, you can look up another high school near your area to take the PSAT test. You can use the PSAT/NMSQT High School Search to search for schools in your area that offer the PSAT test: https://psatordering.collegeboard.com/pno/public/search.do. Approach the school for PSAT registration.
If You Are Home-Schooled
If you are a home-schooled applicant, you need to contact the high school in your area for PSAT registration. You can use the PSAT/NMSQT High School Search tool to search for schools offering PSAT. Contact the counselor or principal at a local public or independent high school to register yourself for the PSAT test at their school. It is advisable to begin the process early, preferably in June, so that you can appear for the test in mid-October. All students appearing for the PSAT test need to fill in a basic information form on the test day. If you are a home-schooled student, your test supervisor will provide the school code; ensure that you enter the school code correctly in the "school code" section. This is because your PSAT score reports will be mailed to you at your home address.
If You Are A Student Outside the U.S.
If you are a student outside the U.S., you will need an English-speaking educator at a nearby school that administers the PSAT test. The educator will help you for PSAT registration, paying test fee, and receiving your copy of the Official Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT.
If you are a U.S. student and are temporarily located abroad, you need to provide the following information on your PSAT/NMSQT answer sheet:
- Name, address, and code number of your U.S. school
- Name and address of the school where you are taking the test
Your score report will be mailed to your U.S. high school. In case you are not present in the country when the test scores are released (late November), you can request your principal or school counselor to forward your score report to you.
If you are in your junior year and you missed the PSAT test, you still have time to appear for the test next year. If you are unable to appear for the PSAT test or miss the test, you can enter programs conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) if you meet the requirements to enter the NMSC competitions. For more information about the competitions, see the Official Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT or visit the NMSC website. You can also request for an alternate testing after the October PSAT. To do this, you must write to the NMSC immediately after the PSAT is conducted, and your request must reach them before 1st March following the PSAT test.
Students with disabilities can apply for accommodation facilities to appear for the PSAT test. For more information about the eligibility criteria, applying for accommodations, the important dates, and documentation required, see http://www.collegeboard.com/ssd/student/index.html.
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