PSAT® Test Dates and Registration Deadlines

The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) is a standardized test administered by the College Board and cosponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Administered at students’ schools, it is designed to be taken by students who are in their sophomore and junior years.

The PSAT is often taken as a practice for the SAT, but it also automatically enters eligible students who fulfill the requirements into the National Merit Scholarship Program.

High school juniors are eligible take the PSAT in October of their junior year. Students may take the PSAT again the following year, but only junior-year scores will count toward the National Merit Scholarship Program.


PSAT test registration and PSAT test dates occur each fall. Here are the dates for the current school year:

PSAT Test Date:

October 15, 2016

PSAT Registration Deadline:

Please see your high school guidance counselor or principal for details and to register.

PSAT Test Date:

October 19, 2016

PSAT Registration Deadline:

Please see your high school guidance counselor or principal for details and to register.

PSAT Test Date:

November 2, 2016 (alternate)

PSAT Registration Deadline:

Please see your high school guidance counselor or principal for details and to register.

There are different PSAT test dates for the PSAT 10, which is administered in the spring instead of the fall. PSAT 10 is meant for 10th-grade students who want to get a head start on the PSAT.

PSAT Test Date:

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

PSAT Registration Deadline:

Please see your high school guidance counselor or principal for details and to register.

PSAT Test Date:

Friday, April 14, 2017

PSAT Registration Deadline:

Please see your high school guidance counselor or principal for details and to register.

PSAT registration information and fees

Students are able to register for the PSAT/NMSQT at their high school, and the fee is $15, which covers the cost of the PSAT test books. Some high schools may charge students an additional test administration fee.

PSAT fee waivers and alternative test formats

If you have concerns about being able to afford PSAT registration, speak with your school’s guidance counselor. You may be eligible for a registration fee waiver, but be aware that fee waivers are only available to juniors taking the exam.

The PSAT is available in a few nonstandard test formats designed for students who might need them. Students must have College Board approval to use materials for the following nonstandard test formats:

  • Braille
  • Large-type
  • MP3 files
  • Reader's script

More on the PSAT

In October 2015, the PSAT/NMSQT was updated to more closely mirror what students are already learning in high school. So the tests, quizzes, and homework students have completed in the last two years can provide a great starting place for prepping for the PSAT.

Looking for more info on the PSAT sections, question types, format, and timing?
https://www.kaptest.com/psat/kaplan-psat-prep/all-about-the-PSAT

Want to see how you’ll do on the PSAT? Take a free online Turbo Test, or sign up for a free practice test.
https://www.kaptest.com/psat#free

Need info on college admissions?
https://www.kaptest.com/college-prep/getting-into-college/key-factors-in-college-admissions

Want to learn more about the National Merit Scholarship.
https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/scholarships-and-recognition