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Finding PSAT Test Centers

Instructor: Carrie Soucy
PSAT exams help you prepare for the SAT and qualify for college scholarships. Keep reading to learn where students usually take these tests, how to find alternate testing locations and what you can use to study for the exams.

Where Can I Take the PSAT?

The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), PSAT 10 and PSAT 8/9 are typically taken at students' middle and high schools, rather than testing centers.

Students with scheduling conflicts at their own schools and students who wouldn't otherwise have access to the tests - such as homeschooled students and international students - can look on the College Board's website (www.collegeboard.org) to find a nearby school offering the PSAT. Procedures for arranging to take the test at one of these locations are outlined below.

Students with Scheduling Conflicts

If you have a scheduling conflict on the day your school is offering the exam, it might be possible for you to sit for the test at another location. Contact your counselor to make arrangements for testing at a school offering the exam on a date other than the one selected by your school.

Homeschooled or International Students

Once homeschoolers and international students have located a school offering the PSAT exam, the College Board advises that they get in touch with the school's counselor no later than four months prior to the test date.

Students studying abroad should reach out to the PSAT/NMSQT office, explaining where they will be when the exam is offered, to receive testing instructions.

Students Needing Accommodations

If you are a student with a disability, and you require testing accommodations, you will need to submit an official request. This process is typically completed online with the help of a school's SSD (Services for Students with Disabilities) Coordinator, who is usually a special education coordinator or school counselor. You may also submit a request on your own, but it may take longer to process and requires more documentation.

The College Board suggests that you allow seven weeks for a decision letter allowing an accommodation. Students who already have a decision letter from the College Board approving them for accommodations for another test do not need to resubmit.

About the Tests

The PSAT/NMSQT is used to qualify high school juniors and sophomores for the National Merit Scholarship Program. This test is also designed to help students get ready for the SAT and is offered on two dates in the fall.

The PSAT 10 is geared towards high school sophomores only, at the beginning of the spring semester. Schools determine the test date within a window set by the College Board.

The PSAT 8/9 is meant to gauge how prepared students are for college and which subject areas they might need more help with in high school. Like the PSAT 10, schools can choose when to offer the PSAT 8/9 within College Board mandated windows within the fall or spring semesters.

Getting Ready for Your Exam

To help you thoroughly prepare for the exam, Study.com offers a PSAT Practice and Study Guide. Content is broken down into sections that include short video lessons and self-checking quizzes to make sure you're absorbing the material. The lessons take about five minutes to watch, and since they're online, you can take them with you anywhere on your phone or tablet.

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