The PSAT suite of assessments are optional exams that help measure a student’s ability in key academic areas, develop familiarity with standardized assessments, and serve as entrance exams to recognition and scholarship programs.

Exam Year to Take Exam Purpose of Exam
PSAT 8/9

2020-21 PSAT 8/9 Student Guide

8th grade

Offered in October

  • Build Confidence in preparation for other standardized exams
  • Choose High School Courses: help identify areas of academic strength to direct your high school course selection
  • Explore Your Future Career using the Career Finder tool

2020 PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide

11th grade

Offered in October

  • Connect to $300 Million in Scholarships
  • Be eligible for the National Merit Scholarship Program
  • Learn your academic strengths
  • Access Free, Personalized Prep with access to the Khan Academy


 Instructions to Register & Pay for the PSAT Exam:

  1. Verify with your student that he/she has a College Board account!
    • Students must create a College Board account in order to take the PSAT 8/9 or PSAT/NMSQT. Students only need to create one College Board account. Student can sign up for a College Board account here.
  2. Go to
  3. Click “Pay for Optional Fees”
  4. Log in or Click “Continue as Guest”
  5. Enter your last name
  6. Enter the 9-digit Student # (This number can be found in Skyward under Student Information “Other ID”)
  7. Click the green “Continue On To Optional Fees” button
  8. Click the blue arrow next to your name
  9. Select the exam(s) you want to take (NOTE: If you are experiencing a financial hardship or have a demonstrated need, you may select the reduced fee option…documentation may be required)
  10. Enter Student Name
  11. Click “Add to Cart”—You can select multiple exams and pay in one transaction
  12. Finish the process to pay for the exam.


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