Sophomores and juniors across the country always get a little bit nervous when October rolls around because they know it's PSAT test time. And if they don't know, their parents are probably going to remind them. If you're one of those students biting your nails to the quick, don't sweat it. Although, the Redesigned PSAT takes place for the third time ever in October of 2017, you really don't have to do too much to complete your PSAT registration. Here's what you need to know to secure your registration and make sure you take the test that could qualify you for a National Merit Scholarship.
Important Redesigned PSAT Registration details:
- The 2016 PSAT Test dates are Wednesday, October 11, 2017, Saturday, October 14, 2017, or Wednesday, October 25, 2017.
- The PSAT registration fee is $16 in 2017, although you may not pay anything at all because some schools cover the cost of the entire test for their students. Some schools, however may charge you an additional fee to cover administrative costs, so check with your school counselors before you pony up the money. When are PSAT scores released?
- You can get a fee waiver if you're in 11th grade, from a low-income family, and can't afford the testing fee. You will need to meet certain requirements in order to establish your family's income, however, so be sure to read the fee waiver link before testing.
- You do not need to register by yourself. Your guidance counselors will set up the registration for you. If PSAT registration is not brought to your attention in school, simply go to your counselor and request to be regtstered for the PSAT.
- If you miss the test for some reason and still want to know how you'll fare on the SAT, you can ask your counselor for copies of the Official Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT or the SAT Preparation Booklet™.
- If you're home-schooled and would like to take the test, just contact your local public high school to make arrangements - it's your right to take it, so they'll get you the appropriate registration information.
- If you have a disability and require accommodations, they are available to you, but they can take weeks to be accepted. It's important that you start the request early so there is enough time for the College Board to complete your request. You can submit the requests online or with your school's help. Here's the info to do that.
Before You Take the PSAT
Before you decide to complete your PSAT registration, you should do a few things. First, learn the Redesigned PSAT basics. This test is completely different than the old PSAT that your older brothers and sisters have taken. The PSAT Math Section, PSAT Reading Section and PSAT Writing and Language Section are all brand new. So what did you miss? If you have no idea what any of these changes are, take a peek at this chart: Old PSAT vs. Redesigned PSAT.
You can prepare for the PSAT easily with Khan Academy. They provide free PSAT prep to anyone who signs up to ensure that anyone who is interested has equal access to test prep and can score his or her personal bests.