Preliminary SAT Scoring Service (PSSS)
The Preliminary SAT Scoring Service (PSSS) provides an early assessment of reading, math, and writing skills. It offers educators a flexible way to guide and inspire students as they plan for their future. The PSSS uses the pre-disclosed PSAT/NMSQT Saturday test form from the previous test administration.
Benefits for Students
The PSSS is excellent practice for the PSAT/NMSQT and the SAT. Students who take it receive the same skills assessment and college planning tools that PSAT/NMSQT takers receive, including Score Report Plus and access to My College QuickStart. Learn more about student tools.
Score Reports for Educators
All PSAT/NMSQT reports are available to educators who administer the PSSS. These include the Summary of Answers and Skills (SOAS), which provides a snapshot of student skills, and AP Potential, which identifies students who may benefit from the Advanced Placement Program (AP). Learn more about educator resources and scores.
The following restrictions apply to the PSSS:
- Students in the 11th grade cannot take the PSSS.
- Students who take the Saturday 2014 PSAT/NMSQT cannot take the PSSS in 2015.
- PSSS scores do not qualify students for the National Merit Scholarship competition or any other scholarship or recognition program.
- Scores should not be recorded on students’ transcripts.
- Scores are not sent to colleges.
- Only schools and not-for-profit organizations may administer the PSSS.
- The PSSS must be administered within one of the testing windows listed below.
Dates and Deadlines
Schools schedule the PSSS administration within one of three testing windows in the winter and spring. Deadlines depend on which testing window they choose.
|Deadline for ordering test materials||Dec 5, 2014||Dec 29, 2014||Jan 30, 2015|
|Testing materials arrive at schools||Jan 5, 2015||Jan 16, 2015||Feb 20, 2015|
|Deadline for answer sheets to arrive at scoring center||Feb 6, 2015||Feb 27, 2015||Mar 31, 2015|
|PSSS Score Reports sent out||Feb 20, 2015||Mar 13, 2015||Apr 10, 2015|
|My College QuickStart made available||Apr 3, 2015||Apr 3, 2015||May 8, 2015|
|AP Potential made available||Apr 10, 2015||Apr 10, 2015||May 15, 2015|
|SOAS reports emailed||Apr 10, 2015||Apr 10, 2015||May 15, 2015|
|Student Data File sent out (if ordered)||Apr 24, 2015||Apr 24, 2015|
Apr 24, 2015
Testing Students with Disabilities
Since the PSSS is not a secure test, schools may administer it to students in any manner they see fit. It may be used to experiment with time extensions. Educators may also review the questions and answers with students. It serves as excellent practice for the PSAT/NMSQT and SAT for all students.
Because it is so flexible, the PSSS is offered in a standard format only.
Ordering and Fees
PSSS fees include the following:
- Each test book for schools within the United States, U.S. territories, and Canada*: $3
- Each test book for all other schools*: $4
- Each answer sheet scored: $10
*There is a minimum order of 50 test books. Quantities must be multiples of 10.
To order PSSS, complete the PSSS Order Form (.pdf/1.0MB). Additionally, here is a print-friendly version of the PSSS Order Form (.pdf/1.0MB).