By measuring critical reading, mathematics, and writing skills, the PSAT/NMSQT provides valuable college readiness feedback that helps schools, districts, and states promote improved student outcomes at every level.
Schools use the PSAT/NMSQT Ordering website to conduct a range of PSAT/NMSQT transactions. Early Participation Program (EPP) districts can view their district summary page and access communications templates and other EPP resources when they sign in. Contact your regional office for an access code if you’ve misplaced it. Learn more about PSAT/NMSQT Ordering.
Key Dates and Resources
The PSAT/NMSQT can be offered on Wednesday, Oct. 15, or Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. Schools choose a test date when they order materials online. View the Calendar for all dates.
Before Test Day
The pre-test period begins in mid-April when the registration announcement is mailed to schools and PSAT/NMSQT Coordinators can start placing orders on the PSAT/NMSQT Ordering website. View all ordering dates.
These resources help educators get ready for test day:
- Official Educator Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT (.pdf/1.92MB)
- Official Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT (.pdf/2.47MB)
- Prepare for the PSAT/NMSQT: A Step to the Future (presentation)
- Test administration resources
- Student and Parent communication resources
After Test Day
Scores are released in the winter. View all score-related dates.
Lots of resources are available to help educators understand scores and explain them to others:
Put the PSAT/NMSQT’s extensive data and reporting resources to work increasing access, identifying skill gaps, and improving instruction across your district. Contact your regional representative to order reports.
District Summary of Answers and Skills (SOAS) and AP PotentialTM
The Summary of Answers and Skills (SOAS) provides an analysis of student performance on specific skills and questions. A District SOAS report is available for a fee and includes access to SOAS reports for each individual school in the district.
District access to AP Potential is also included. AP Potential helps districts grow their AP programs by identifying students likely to succeed in AP courses and exams. Learn more about AP Potential, the only tool of its kind.
District Student Data File
Use this electronic data file to organize and analyze rich data about every student in your district. Learn more about the Student Data File.
District Summary Report
This district report provides extensive statistical and background information for tested students in each school. It provides the same data included in the School Summary Report. The District Summary Report is available for a fee.
The skills tested on the PSAT/NMSQT complement state education standards, including Common Core State Standards. Use state alignment reports, available from your regional representative, along with your district’s Summary of Answers and Skills (SOAS) reports to identify the skills your students should focus on as they prepare for state assessments and college.
Consolidated billing is available to school systems that want to submit a central payment for PSAT/NMSQT test fees for schools in their school system. PSAT/NMSQT will bill the district instead of individual schools.
Join more than 300 districts and states in the Early Participation Program (EPP). This initiative is designed to increase access to college by engaging younger students in the college-going process.
Contact the College Board
To learn more about district reports, alignment with state standards, central billing, or EPP, contact your regional representative.