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2022 PSAT/NMSQT Registration Information

West High School's PSAT/NMSQT will be held at West High on 

Saturday, October 15, 2022, 8:00am-12:00pm.  

 

The PSAT Registration Window is Wednesday, September 21 - Friday, September 30.  Online registration AND payment must be received in the school counseling office no later than 3:45 pm on September 30th. No late registrations accepted, no exceptions!

 

1.     Between September 21 - September 30, complete the online registration form HERE.

2.     Bring $40 cash or check (made out to West High School) to Counseling Secretary, Ms. Felissia Jackson in the school counseling office (room 2218).  The fee should be submitted in an envelope with the student's full name on the front.  Fee waivers are only available to grade 11 students who qualify for free/reduced lunch.

3.     Registered and paid students will be given a PSAT practice booklet to keep.  A sheet will accompany the booklet with information about the test date (when, where, what to bring).

 

Limited seats are available -- registration is on a first come, first served basis with priority given to grade 11 students who attend West High School. 

 

PSAT Refund Policy: We understand that on rare occasions students must cancel an exam. Students who cancel an exam by Wednesday, October 5th, 2022, will receive a full refund of the exam fee. After Oct. 5 there are no refunds. 

 

College Board PSAT website

 

What is the PSAT/NMSQT?

This is a practice test for the SAT which measures Reading, Math, and Writing/Language skills.  It is also a qualifying test for National Merit scholarships.  Most (but not all) colleges and universities will consider a student’s SAT or ACT scores in their admissions decisions.  Most of these schools will accept scores from either test.  

 

When should you take it?     

Test Date:  Saturday, October 15, 2022 (8:00 a.m.) at West High School

The PSAT/NMSQT is only offered in October each year.  Students need to register with the school counseling office and pay a $40 registration fee.  Seats are limited, and priority is given to grade 11 students.  The PSAT is typically taken in 11th grade and is a qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship program for juniors.  Occasionally, sophomores elect to take the test if they wish to practice for the PSAT/NMSQT, which they would then take again as a junior.


 

How long is the test?

2 hours and 45 minutes of testing, plus time for directions (8:00 – 12:00).  Students are encouraged to arrive at West High School by 7:45 a.m. Bring #2 pencils, an approved calculator, and a photo ID. Cell phones are not allowed during testing (any part of testing, including breaks) and should not be brought to the testing room. 

 

How long does it take to receive my PSAT results?

Score reports should be released by mid-December.  

What if I cannot test on this date?

West is only offering the Saturday, October 15 test date.

  • LaFollette High School is the only MMSD high school offering the school-day test on Oct. 12th. They have a limited number of spots for non-La Follette students. Please contact your counselor to be put on the LaFollette wait-list.
  • It is the responsibility of the student/family to reach out to neighboring school districts regarding potential testing opportunities. In the past few years, neighboring school districts have not opened registration to non-district students. 
  • See information below on alternate entry if unable to test:

 

Alternate entry for National Merit Scholarship Program:

If a Student Misses the PSAT/NMSQT Administration: A student who does not take the PSAT/NMSQT because of illness, an emergency, or other extenuating circumstance, but meets all other requirements for NMSC program participation, may still be able to enter the competition. The student must write to NMSC as soon as possible after the PSAT/NMSQT administration to request information about procedures for alternate entry to the National Merit Scholarship Program. To be considered, a request must be postmarked no later than April 1 following the PSAT/NMSQT administration that was missed. The alternate entry request should include the name and address of the student; the contact information of the person making the request; the name and address of the student's high school; and a brief explanation of why the student missed the PSAT/NMSQT.

The earlier NMSC receives the written request, the greater the student's opportunities for meeting alternate entry requirements. Upon receiving and processing the request, NMSC will provide alternate entry materials, including instructions for program entry and a form that requires the signature of a school official.

Who should you see if you have questions?

The following school counselors:

Amanda Dyer (acdyer@madison.k12.wi.us)

Karen Coombs (kecoombs@madison.k12.wi.us)