SCASD PSAT Exam - October 16, 2019


    Please look for an informational email in early October with more details about the exams.





    All 9th graders will take the PSAT 8/9 Exam at no cost.

    All 10th & 11th graders will take the PSAT/NMSQT Exam at no cost.

    Test Date: 10/16/19

    Time: 8:40 am - beginning of school day (no late start)

    Where: State College Area High School



    Must bring test day:

    • School/Picture ID
    • #2 Pencils
    • Calculator (scientific or graphing calculator)



    PSAT Practice booklets are available in both Counseling Offices






    Preliminary SAT /National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test 

    The PSAT/NMSQT is administered only in October. Juniors considering college are encouraged to take this test as a practice for the SAT. Sophomores also may take this test as SAT preparation. The score report shows correct and incorrect answers, question by question, offers valuable feedback on strengths and weaknesses, and gives advice regarding how students can improve their SAT scores. 
    PSAT scores enable you to do the following:
    1.  See correct answers and explanations
    2.  Get a personalized SAT study plan
    3.  Search for colleges
    4.  Explore majors and careers
    5.  Learn about scholarship programs
    6.  Take a personality test
    7.  Learn about their AP course/exam potential
    Students attempting to qualify for National Merit status MUST take this test the year before they graduate. For most students, this is junior year.

    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 or a school official 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.

    Go to the PSAT Website to learn more.


    Compass Education Group has provided additional resources that can help with accessing, interpreting, and utilizing PSAT scores.

    Please click this link: Understanding your PSAT score

Last Modified on September 19, 2019