Details About Modes of Registration for PSAT

The Most Beneficial Mode of PSAT Registration

  • What Is PSAT?

    The PSAT is a standardized test held in October every year. Many students appear for this test in order to secure the National Merit scholarships, company, and college-sponsored scholarships to fund their college education. Moreover, appearing for this test is a dry run for those students aiming for the SAT because these test scores can be used to estimate your performance in the SAT.

  • How to Register for PSAT

    Without registering, you cannot appear for the test and online registration is not available. You need to complete the registration requirements at school. When the school puts up a notice regarding the PSAT, you must check the date as to when your school is administering the test. Checking the date ensures that there is no conflict in your schedule, especially if you follow a religious observance on the specified date.

  • Modes of Registration

    The modes of registration are the same irrespective of whether you are a home-schooled student or a student outside the U.S; you need to register through the school counselor. However, for each type of student, the registration process is different. For example, a student might not have the test administered at his/her school and might be required to complete the registration process in another school in the area. Listed below are the different modes of registration. No mode is superior to the other because the process is the same. However, you will need to check which mode best applies to you so that you follow that mode accordingly.

    • If your school does not administer the test

      If your school does not administer this test, look for another high school in or near your area that offers it. You can also use the PSAT/NMSQT High School Search to search for schools in your area that offer the test: Approach the school to register for the test.

    • If you are home-schooled

      If you are a home-schooled applicant, you need to contact the high school in your area to take up the test. You can use the PSAT/NMSQT High School Search tool to search for schools offering this test. Contact the school counselor or principal at a local public or independent high school for taking the 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 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 so that your PSAT score reports will be mailed to you at your home address.

    • If you are a student applying outside the U.S.

      You will need an English-speaking educator at a nearby school that administers the PSAT. The educator will help you in the registration process, paying test fee, and receiving your copy of the Official Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT.

      If you are a U.S. student temporarily located abroad, you must provide the following information on the 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.