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Home-Schooled Students and the PSAT/NMSQT

Home-schooled students can make arrangements to take the PSAT/NMSQT at a local high school that administers the test to its students.

PSAT/NMSQT High School Search

Find high schools in your area that are giving the PSAT/NMSQT. Go to High School Search.

Contact a School

Home-schooled students can contact a school’s principal or counselor to make arrangements for taking the PSAT/NMSQT. They should do so well in advance of the mid-October test dates, preferably in the previous June. The principal or counselor can provide students with a paper copy of the Official Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT, which includes a full practice test.

Fee Waivers

Schools request fee waivers on behalf of 11th grade students who need them. Juniors enrolled in or eligible to participate in the Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch program (FRPL) qualify. Alternative eligibility criteria are also available. Home-schooled students who think they might be eligible should speak to the counselor at the school where they’ll be taking the test.

Testing with Accommodations

Home-schooled students who have been approved for testing accommodations on College Board exams, or are planning to request accommodations in time for the PSAT/NMSQT, should notify the school where they will be testing to allow for timely ordering of appropriate materials.

Learn more about requesting accommodations from Services for Students with Disabilities. Requests should be completed by August 27, 2014.

Test Day

On test day, home-schooled students need to bring a current and valid school or government issued photo ID. Find out what else to bring on test day.

When they complete the personal information on their answer sheet, home-schooled students need to enter their state's home school code instead of a school code. You can look up PSAT/NMSQT Codes for Home-Schooled Students. The test supervisor can also provide the right code.

Score Reports

The score reports of home-schooled students are sent directly to their home address.

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A Closer Look

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Official Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT (.pdf/2.47MB)


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