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PSAT Information

Wednesday, October 18th from 8:30am-11:30am at East High School

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 Wednesday, October 18, 2023  from 8:30am-11:30am. 

How long is the test?

2 hours of testing, plus time for directions.  Students must arrive at East High School by 8:00am with a photo ID and approved calculator (optional).

How can students register?

Registration will be open from September 12th-22nd, 2023.
Registration closes at 3:45pm on Friday, September 22nd, 2023.
No late registrations accepted. 
To Register:

  1. Students should complete the Registration Google Form using their MMSD google account. Note: the google form must be filled out by the STUDENT using their district 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 can view the PSAT practice booklet and this information sheet about test date logistics to prepare for test day.

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?

  • Please arrive no later than 8:00am.  
  • Wear layers so that you can be comfortable regardless of the temperature of the room.
  • A charged chromebook and charger.
  • School student photo ID, Driver’s Licence or other photo ID.
  • 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.


Questions should be directed to Assistant Principal, Bill Richardson, at 204-1617 or