PSAT/NMSQT 2018 - Test Day Info

Wednesday, October 10th - 7:16am - Old Gym

Congratulations! You've registered to take the PSAT/NMSQT on Wednesday, October 10th. If you have not already done so, stop by the Counseling Office to pick up your PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide that contains information about the different sections and a full length practice test.

General Timeline for Test Day

  • All testers should report directly to the Old Gym for the start of the school day at 7:16am.
  • Any students testing with approved CollegeBoard accommodations should report directly to the Counseling Office for the start of the school day at 7:16am.
  • Testing will take approximately 4 hours which includes checking in, completing student information, testing sections, and breaks. We hope to complete testing around 11:30am.
  • Testers with C lunch will attend C lunch. Testers with A or B lunch will return to 4th hour, then attend lunch after 4th hour concludes (and report late to 5th hour)
  • Testers will attend the remainder of their classes for the day.
  • Any testers who are OSTC or ACE are free to leave for the day. Since we are finishing after the OSTC bus comes, it is up to you if you'd like to attend and can drive yourself to arrive late. Otherwise, we will take care of your OSTC attendance. If you do not have a ride home, you can come down to the Counseling Office for the remainder of the day.

What to Bring on Test Day

  • No. 2 pencils with erasers (Mechanical pencils are NOT permitted.)
  • Student ID or Other Photo ID
  • Approved Calculator (See page 27 of the PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide for a list of approved calculators. We will NOT have very many calculators on hand and cannot guarantee we will have one to loan out to you, so please bring your own calculator.)
  • Email Address and Mobile Phone Number (Optional. You will be asked for these when filling out the student information section.)
  • Wear comfortable clothing (We are in a gym and room temperature could be variable. Bring a pullover or hoodie if you feel you may be cold.)

What NOT to Bring on Test Day

  • Phones or other electronic devices (None are permitted in the testing room and you should put these in your locker before entering the testing room. If you bring a phone, it will be collected and stored in the office during testing.)
  • Backpacks or other bags (None are permitted in the testing room and you should put these in your locker before entering the testing room.)
  • Food and drinks (None are permitted around testing materials and you should put these in your locker before entering the testing room. If you bring a water, it will need to be labeled and stored at the back of the room for access during breaks.)
  • Mechanical pencils

Tips for Doing Your Best

  • Relax!!! This is a practice assessment. No scores go on your transcript and none are sent to colleges. You've already seen a version of this test when you took the PSAT 10 in April last school year.
  • Answer every question. You are not penalized for incorrect answers so you should fill in a bubble even if it is a complete guess. (25% chance to get it right!)
  • Narrow down your answer choices. Each option you can eliminate increases your chance of getting a correct answer.
  • Pace yourself. You want to practice moving from question to question throughout the time allotted. You don't get any extra points for answering more difficult questions so feel free to move on to easier ones if you're getting stuck and come back if there's time.
  • Understand the directions. Look at the directions in the practice test ahead of time to know how you should be answering questions in each section on test day. This saves time during each of the timed sections. You should also know how to fill in the Math Grid-In questions appropriately (Page 31 in the PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide).

Other PSAT/NMSQT Information

  • This test serves are the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test for junior students. If you do remarkably well you could qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Competition.
  • You will receive access to your online score report around December via your CollegeBoard account. Use these scores to identify where you can improve the most before taking the SAT in April.
  • PSAT/NMSQT Information
  • Free personalized practice on Khan Academy
  • PSAT/NMSQT Practice Tests available online and in the PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide