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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.

Testing Restrictions

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.

EventJan 12-30
Testing Window
Feb 2-27
Testing Window
Mar 2-27
Testing Window
PSSS Timetable
Deadline for ordering test materialsDec 5, 2014Dec 29, 2014Jan 30, 2015
Testing materials arrive at schoolsJan 5, 2015Jan 16, 2015Feb 20, 2015
Deadline for answer sheets to arrive at scoring centerFeb 6, 2015Feb 27, 2015Mar 31, 2015
PSSS Score Reports sent outFeb 20, 2015Mar 13, 2015Apr 10, 2015
My College QuickStart made availableApr 3, 2015Apr 3, 2015May 8, 2015
AP Potential made availableApr 10, 2015Apr 10, 2015May 15, 2015
SOAS reports emailedApr 10, 2015Apr 10, 2015May 15, 2015
Student Data File sent out (if ordered)Apr 24, 2015Apr 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).

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