PSAT Testing Information

The PSAT is a practice examination for the college entrance exam known as the SAT Reasoning Test. It measures critical thinking skills that are important for success in college, including critical reading, math problem-solving and writing skills. Taking the PSAT/NMSQT enables our students to get feedback about critical academic skills, seek information from colleges, enter scholarship competitions, practice for the SAT Reasoning Test, and initiate the college-planning process. 

PSAT Registration

There is no Intent to Participate Form for the PSAT/NMSQT.  All enrolled students in 10th and 11th grade are expected to test if they come to school that day.  There is no fee for PSAT score reports for 10th or 11th Grade students.  Only 11th Grade scores will be considered by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.  

2022 PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide

The PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide has pertinent information for testing, tips, and a practice test: 


Q.  When and where is the PSAT test?

  • The PSAT will be administered to 10th and 11th grade students on Wednesday, October 12, 2022 at Westfield High School during the school day beginning at 8:10am.
  • Students will be notified of their testing room assignment by email ( accounts).  Encourage your child to check for updates through their school email.

Q.  Do I have to register to take this test with College Board?

  • Students should NOT register for the test via College Board.  

Q.  How long is the test?

  • The PSAT is normally 2 hours, 55 minutes long; however, students with College Board-approved extended time will test longer. Students testing with standard time should be done around 12:00. Students testing with 50% extended time should be done at approximately 1:30.

Q.  What should my student bring to school for the PSAT? Please note: We are not able to loan out calculators to students.

  • Two or more No. 2 pencils - not mechanical
  • Graphing Calculator
  • Water and snacks. Snacks may be consumed during breaks. We request that snacks are peanut-free and carried in a clear Ziplock bag.
  • Personal Hand Sanitizer (not required)

Q. What is prohibited from testing?

  • You are not permitted to bring any electronic “smart” device such as a cell phone or wearable technology like a Smart Watch or Fitbit. Please leave these items in your car/home.

Q. Is food permitted?

  • Fairfax County will be providing breakfast and lunch option for all students.  Snacks can be eaten during scheduled breaks. We request that snacks are peanut-free and carried in a clear Ziplock bag.  

Q.  How can my student prepare for the PSAT?

  • For students who have taken or plan to take the SAT, official SAT Practice is available on Khan Academy®. Khan Academy and the College Board analyzed gains between the PSAT/NMSQT and the SAT and found a positive relationship between use of Official SAT Practice and score improvements on the SAT. The following video demonstrates How to Link College Board + Khan Academy Accounts.
  • This Khan Academy SAT practice can also help a student prepare for the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) and includes options to download an official practice PSAT/NMSQT exam and the scoring form.  

Q.  How can my student apply for testing accommodations for the SAT?

Q.  When will my student receive PSAT scores?

  • Directions on how to access scores and score release dates are published by College Board via the College Board website. PSAT/NMSQT scores will be added to the Student Information System (SIS) Test history by the end of first semester.

Q.  I have a question that is not listed above – who should I contact?

  • Please contact our Assessment Coach, Susan Fox at @email