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PSAT Information

Saturday, October 16, 2021  from 8:30am-12:30pm at East High School

Tuesday, October 26th, 2021

What is the PSAT/NMSQT?

This is a practice test for the SAT which measures Reading, Math, and Writing/Language skills.  It is also a qualifying test for National Merit scholarships. Most (but not all) colleges and universities will consider a student’s SAT or ACT scores in their admissions decisions.  Most of these schools will accept scores from either test with no preference. 

When should students take it?

The PSAT/NMSQT is only offered in October each year. The PSAT is typically taken in 11th grade and is a qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship program for juniors.  Occasionally, sophomores elect to take the test if they wish to practice for the PSAT/NMSQT, which they would then take again as a junior. Seats are limited, and preference is given to 11th grade students. 

The test date offered at East High School is Tuesday, October 26, 2021  from 8:30am-12:30pm. (This was rescheduled from Saturday, October 16th)

How long is the test?

2 hours and 45 minutes of testing, plus time for directions (8:30 – 12:15).  Students must arrive at East High School by 8:00am with #2 pencils, an approved calculator, and a photo ID.

How can students register?

Registration will be open from October 1st-13th, 2021.
Registration closes at 3:45pm on Wednesday, October 13, 2021.
No late registrations accepted. 
To Register:

  1. Students should complete the Registration Google Form using their MMSD google account.
  2. Bring $25 cash or check (made out to East High School) to the Main Office (Room 1037).   Fee waivers are available to 11th grade students who qualify for free/reduced lunch.
  3. Students will be given a PSAT practice booklet (in the Main Office) to keep and this information sheet about test date logistics.

How long does it take to receive scores/results?

Score reports will be released mid December, depending on the state.  

What if students cannot test on this date?

A student who does not take the PSAT/NMSQT because of illness, an emergency, or other extenuating circumstance, but meets all other requirements for NMSC program participation, may still be able to enter the competition. The student must write to NMSC as soon as possible after the PSAT/NMSQT administration to request information about procedures for alternate entry to the National Merit Scholarship Program. To be considered, a request must be postmarked no later than April 1 following the PSAT/NMSQT administration that was missed. The alternate entry request should include the name and address of the student; the contact information of the person making the request; the name and address of the student's high school; and a brief explanation of why the student missed the PSAT/NMSQT. The earlier NMSC receives the written request, the greater the student's opportunities for meeting alternate entry requirements. Upon receiving and processing the request, NMSC will provide alternate entry materials, including instructions for program entry and a form that requires the signature of a school official.

What should students bring?

  • Students must provide their own transportation on test day.
  • Please arrive no later than 8:00 am.  
  • Wear layers so that you can be comfortable regardless of the temperature of the room.
  • School student photo ID, Driver’s Licence or other photo ID.
  • Two #2 pencils with erasers.
  • An approved calculator for the test, but not a phone calculator.
  • Wear layers so that you can be comfortable regardless of the temperature of the room.

Contact

Questions should be directed to Assistant Principal, Rachellee Bly, at 204-1608 or rlbly@madison.k12.wi.us.