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PSAT Test Registration Information

Instructor: Carrie Soucy
The PSAT is taken by high school sophomores and juniors to assess their college readiness and help them qualify for scholarships. Learn how to register for the PSAT, where to take it, and where to find study guides for the exam.

Registering for the PSAT

The College Board produces the PSAT but does not administer the test or handle individual student registrations. Instead, each school is responsible for scheduling PSAT test dates. So, if you would like to register to take the exam, you should speak to your school counselor for information. Schools are charged $15 per test, but student costs vary depending on whether individual schools pass on testing expenses to students or cover these costs themselves.

Test Dates

Typically, high schools offer the PSAT twice during the school year to sophomores and juniors:

  • PSAT/NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test): Typically administered during the fall semester, this exam gives 10th and 11th grade students an opportunity to qualify for a National Merit Scholarship to attend college.
  • PSAT 10: Administered in the early spring, this test is the same as the PSAT/NMSQT. It's usually taken only by sophomores as a way to gain testing experience prior to sitting for the PSAT/NMSQT in the fall. However, this test doesn't qualify students for merit scholarships.

Test Format

Students have two hours and 45 minutes to complete the PSAT, which is made up of three sections:

  • Mathematics: Includes 48 questions to be answered in one hour and ten minutes
  • Reading: Includes 47 questions to be answered in one hour
  • Writing and Language: Includes 44 questions to be answered in 35 minutes

Students will be allowed to use an approved graphing or scientific calculator for some questions on the mathematics exam.

Preparing for the PSAT

Students who excel on the PSAT can earn scholarships that help put college within reach. To help test-takers prepare, Study.com offers a comprehensive PSAT Prep: Practice and Study Guide course that includes short, 8-minute video lessons and matching practice quizzes. Written by educational experts, the PSAT prep course is designed to help students review the most important topics on the exam.

Because, as the College Board advises, mastering what you learn in your high school courses is one of the best ways to ready yourself for the PSAT, you may also want to explore Study.com courses that supplement your coursework. These include:

Students can complete the lessons for all of these online courses on their computer, phone or tablet anytime, anywhere, making them convenient study resources.

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