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How do you actually take the PSAT?

Hey there! I'm a high school junior who's trying to map out my testing schedule, and I realized I'm a bit lost on the PSAT. I know it’s important for National Merit and stuff, but how does one actually sign up for the PSAT, and where is it typically taken?

8 months ago

Hey there! It's great that you're planning your testing schedule ahead of time. The PSAT/NMSQT, or Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, is typically offered by high schools in October. To sign up, you'll want to check in with your school's guidance office or the counselor who handles standardized testing. They will let you know the specific procedures for signing up at your school, since it can vary from place to place.

Most students take the PSAT at their own high school, or a nearby school if their own doesn't offer it or they're homeschooled. The fee for the test is relatively minimal, and some schools even cover the cost for their students. Also, keep an eye out for registration deadlines—schools generally require you to sign up a month or so in advance. For example, if your school is administering the PSAT in mid-October, they might set a sign-up deadline in September.

If you're still feeling a little confused, reach out to your counselors sooner rather than later to make sure you get all the details squared away. Good luck with your testing!

8 months ago

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