PSAT/NMSQT Information

PSAT Testing Information

The PSAT is a practice examination for the college entrance exam known as the SAT Reasoning Test. It measures critical thinking skills that are important for success in college, including critical reading, math problem-solving and writing skills. Taking the PSAT/NMSQT enables our students to get feedback about critical academic skills, seek information from colleges, enter scholarship competitions, practice for the SAT Reasoning Test, and initiate the college-planning process. 

PSAT Registration

There is no Intent to Participate Form for the PSAT/NMSQT.  All enrolled students in 10th and 11th grade are expected to test if they come to school that day.  There is no fee for PSAT score reports for 10th or 11th Grade students.  Only 11th Grade scores will be considered by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.  

2021 PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide

The PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide has pertinent information for testing, tips, and a practice test: 

PSAT Day FAQs

Q.  When/where is the PSAT test?

  • The PSAT will be administered to 10th and 11th grade students on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at Chantilly HS during the school day beginning at 8:10am.
  • Students will be notified of their testing room assignment by email (fcpsschools.net accounts).  Encourage your child to check for updates through their school email.

Q.  Do I have to register to take this test with College Board?

  • Student should NOT register for the test via College Board.  

Q.  How long is the test?

  • The PSAT is normally 2 hours, 55 minutes long; however, students with College Board-approved extended time will test longer. Students testing with standard time should be done around 12:00. Students testing with 50% extended time should be done at approximately 1:30.

Q.  What should my student bring to school for the PSAT? Please note: We are not able to loan out pencils or calculators to students due to health concerns.

  • A mask that must be worn the entire time they are in the building.
  • Two or more No. 2 pencils - not mechanical
  • Graphing Calculator
  • Water and snacks. Snacks may be consumed during breaks. We request that snacks are peanut-free and carried in a clear Ziplock bag.
  • Personal Hand Sanitizer (not required)

Q. What is prohibited from testing?

  • You are not permitted to bring any electronic “smart” device such as a cell phone or wearable technology like a Smart Watch or Fitbit. Please leave these items in your car/home.

Q. Is food permitted?

  • Fairfax County will be providing breakfast and lunch option for all students.  Snacks are allowed to be eaten during scheduled breaks. We request that snacks are peanut-free and carried in a clear Ziplock bag.  

Q.  How can my student prepare for the PSAT?

  • The PSAT Student Guide (which includes a practice test) is linked above.  

Q.  What procedures are being followed to safety of students?

  • SAT, ACT, and PSAT Health and Safety Protocols – Please read the information provided on this site. This page gives you information about how the procedures are being followed at schools to ensure safety of students and staff.
  • Testers will also be receiving an email through their fcpsschools.net accounts regarding the check-in process, entrance and testing room assignments, and what to bring (and what not to bring).
  • Parents/guardians are not permitted in the building and should remain in their cars. Only students who are actually taking an exam may wait in the check-in line.
  • We also ask that testers and families dropping students off do not socialize in the parking lot or in the building. Social distancing needs to be practiced at all times on the school property as well as mask wearing.

Q.  How can my student apply for testing accommodations for the SAT?

Q.  When will my student receive PSAT scores?

  • Scores for the 2021 PSAT/NMSQT will be available in early January.  Students will be able to view scores via College Board’s website at https://studentscores.collegeboard.org/home using their student ID or access code. Students who do not currently have a College Board online account will need to create one to view scores. Please see the College Board video tutorial for help accessing scores.  

    • Helping Students Who Can't Access Their Scores:  After students log in to their College Board account, they should click "Add Scores". In the "Matching Tool", it is essential that the College Board account information matches what students entered on their PSAT answer sheet. For example, if a student bubbled "Elizabeth" on her PSAT answer sheet and created her College Board account using the name "Beth", her scores will not load. If students need to change their name, they must call College Board Customer Service at 1 (866) 630-9305. All other changes can be made right in their account. It is also important that students choose the correct test name and test year.  All students should choose the 2020 as the test year (they took the exam in October 2020). If still unable to populate the score, the student will be prompted to indicate which test they're missing and enter the access code to assist the match. Students should email their counselor if they cannot locate their access codes.

Q.  I have a question that is not listed above – who should I contact?

  • Please contact our Assessment Coach, Caitlin Franks (cefranks@fcps.edu)