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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 with no preference.  

When should you take it?     

The PSAT/NMSQT is only offered in October each year.  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.  Seats are limited, and preference is given to grade 11 students. 

How long is the test?

2 hours and 45 minutes of testing, plus time for directions (8:00am-12:00pm).  Students must arrive at West High School by 7:45 a.m. with #2 pencils, an approved calculator, and a photo ID.

How and When to Register for the Saturday, October 19th, PSAT/NMSQT at West High School

Registration will be open Monday, September 23rd - Wednesday, October 2nd.  Registration closes at 3:45pm on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019.

No late registrations accepted. 

Fee waivers are only available to juniors who qualify for free/reduced lunch.


  2. Bring $25 cash or check (made out to West High School) to Ms. Felissia Jackson in the Counseling Office (room 2003):  fee should be submitted in an envelope with the student's full name on the front.

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

How long does it take to receive my PSAT results?

Score reports will be released mid-December, depending on the state.  

If you have questions about whether you should take the PSAT, contact your school counselor.

What if I cannot test on this date?

  • Students should contact other schools who offer the test on Wednesday, October 16

    • East High School:  Families need to register in person at the East Main Office (Rm. 1037) between September 28-October 4. Grade 11 students or their parent/guardian must come in person to register. Spots will be given on a first come, first served basis to grade 11 students.  Grade 10 students who sign up will be put on a waitlist and notified if there is available space. The test fee ($25) can be paid by cash, check, or via a fee waiver. Make checks payable to East High School.  Registration closes at 3:45 pm on Thursday, October 4, 2019.  Click here for more information.

    • Middleton High School:  Families can register online at 

      • Click on PSAT MHS to access their online registration form.  Their test fee is $30. 

      • Students from outside Middleton will be put on a waitlist and cannot be guaranteed a spot until after 9/17 when their registration closes and they know how many seats they have available for students outside Middleton.

  • There may be other area schools that offer the test on Wednesday, October 16, but families are responsible for pursuing these other options.


If you have questions, please contact the following school counselors:

Amanda Dyer:  608-204-4133 or

Cynthia Nordmeyer:  608-204-4130 or

General Information

College Board Official PSAT website