PSAT Information

The 2017-2018 PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) will be administered at Hunterdon Central on Saturday, October 14, 2017.

PSAT Registration:

Click to access:  Online PSAT Registration 

Please note that the Confirmation Page must be saved and presented for admission to the test. The cost of the PSAT is $30.00, which must be paid with a credit card at the time of registration. Students on Free & Reduced Lunch will a receive a free waiver for the PSAT.  

The important dates for the registration process are:

  • Wednesday, August 30, 2017: Registration begins
  • Wednesday, September 13, 2017: Regular registration ends.  Registration and payments received after this date incur a $10.00 late fee.
  • Friday, September 15, 2017: Late registration ends. No registrations will be accepted after this date.
  • Monday, September 18, 2017 – Friday, September 29, 2017: Students should bring their confirmation page to the Test Center in the 11/12 building across from room 621, and pick up a PSAT student prep book.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT FOR SOPHOMORES & JUNIORS TO TAKE THE PSAT?

The PSAT has been designed to align with the SAT. Taking the PSAT gives students the opportunity to experience the content, format and scoring that will also be used in the SAT, the test most widely used for college admissions. PSAT Scores are not reported to colleges, so this is an excellent opportunity to take the test and use the results to strengthen test-taking skills.

Students who take the PSAT also receive valuable resources for college planning:

  • Performance summaries for each section of the test.
  • Insights into strengths and weaknesses in test-taking
  • An analysis of how their results compare with other students who will be applying to colleges.
  • Personalized college planning, based on the student’s results.

Juniors who take the test may qualify for National Merit Scholarship Opportunities, as well as other scholarships and recognitions.

Sophomores who take the test will benefit from the test-taking experience and will have resources and information to begin their college planning - one year before they take the PSAT again as juniors.

WHAT DOES THE PSAT COVER?

  • In the evidence-based reading and writing sections, students will be asked to demonstrate their ability to interpret, synthesize and use evidence found in a wide range of sources.
  • In the math section, students will focus on three essential area problem solving and data analysis, algebra, and advanced math.
  • The PSAT emphasizes reasoning skills and the questions that appear in the test will focus on topics that research shows matter most for college readiness and success. For example, the test puts greater emphasis on the meaning of words in extended contexts, and how word choice shapes meaning, tone and impact.
  • The PSAT scoring will utilize the same scoring as the SAT. One point will be awarded for correct answers, there are no deductions for incorrect answers, and blank responses will not impact scores.
  • The PSAT 2 hours and 45 minutes long.

PSAT TEST RESULTS:

After the test, PSAT test scores are available on collegeboard.org. Students have access to online resources that analyze test results, identify strengths and weaknesses, and offer additional resources for college preparation and planning. Hard copy test results have also been mailed to student homes.

TEST-TAKING RESOURCES:

Watch Collegeboard.org's video explaining new PSAT scoring:
Understanding Your PSAT/NMSQT Score Report

You can learn more about the PSAT: Collegeboard.org

Students can take PSAT practice tests here: Student Practice for the PSAT

Learn how to prepare for the PSAT here: Prepare for the PSAT

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Please contact your counselor with any questions about the new PSAT. Please click to view:
Counselor Contact Information.

SERVICES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES:

If a student requires special accommodations for test-taking, information is available on Collegeboard.org. Please click to view:

Collegeboard: Services for Students with Disabilities

Questions?

If you have any questions, please call the testing office at (908) - 284-7226.