COVID-19 Update (08/20/2020): - Both the PSAT 8/9 & PSAT/NMSQT exams will not be administered in the fall this school year ** Illinois Board of Education will provide PSAT 8/9 for grade 9 and PSAT 10 for grade 10 in Spring of 2021
PSAT/NMSQT (Offered in the Fall) The PSAT/NMSQT is a practice SAT intended for juniors. It is administered at each high on a weekday in October each year. Juniors who earn high scores on this test may be eligible to continue in the National Merit Scholarship Program, or the National Hispanic Recognition Program. Students recognized by these programs are honored, brought to the attention of U.S. colleges and universities, and can become eligible for scholarships. Students must register for this test at their high school and must adhere to registration deadlines. Students with IEPs or 504 plans who wish to apply for accommodations for this test should notify their case managers and/or counselors by May 1st of the school year prior to the administration of the test. There is a cost associated with this test. Junior students who have applied for and are presently qualified for free or reduced lunch may request a fee waiver. Please note, according to the College Board, the PSAT 10 and the PSAT/NMSQT are equivalent tests. Therefore, when a sophomore takes the PSAT 10, it should also be viewed as a practice for taking the PSAT/NMSQT at the beginning of the junior year.
PSAT 8/9 and PSAT 10 (Offered in the Spring) The PSAT 8/9 and PSAT 10 are practice SAT tests intended for freshman and sophomore students respectively. Results from the PSAT can provide valuable feedback on academic college readiness and relative strengths and weaknesses as demonstrated in a standardized testing environment. The PSAT 8/9 is administered to all freshman and the PSAT 10 is administered to all sophomores during a school day in the spring semester.Students with IEPs or 504 plans who wish to apply for accommodations for this test should notify their case managers and/or counselors by January 15, 2020.