PSAT/NMSQT Information

PSAT Registration

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is pleased to announce plans to offer the PSAT/NMSQT to students in grades 10-11 on October 13, 2021. A PSAT/NMSQT Testing Notification letter is posted online.

Tenth and eleventh grade students enrolled at Madison High School will automatically be registered to take the PSAT/NMSQT on October 13. There is no further action required to register for the test.

2021 Student Guides: PSAT

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

PSAT/NMSQT FAQs:

Who can test?

The PSAT/NMSQT tests is only open for current 10th and 11th graders and registered homeschool students who reside in Madison’s boundaries. Students will automatically be registered for the test. There is no registration required. If your child will not participate in the test, please email Mrs. Frate (@email) and/or your child’s counselor.

Encourage your child to set up a College Board account as they will receive access to their score reports through this account. Only juniors can be eligible for the National Merit Scholarship.   

When/where is the PSAT/NMSQT?

The PSAT/NMSQT will be given on October 13, 2021 at Madison during the school day.  Students will be notified of their testing location by email (fcpsschools.net accounts).  Encourage your child to check for updates through their school email.

How long is the test?

The PSAT/NMSQT is 2 hours, 55 minutes long; however, students with College Board-approved extended time will take longer to complete their test. 

How can my student prepare for the PSAT/NMSQT?

The PSAT Student Guide which include a practice test is linked above.  Additional practice resources are available on College Board’s website.  College Board has also partnered with Khan Academy to provide online practice at https://www.khanacademy.org/sat

How can my student apply for testing accommodations for the PSAT?

Students with disabilities who have testing accommodations documented in a 504 Plan or an individualized education program (IEP) may be eligible for testing accommodations on the PSAT/NMSQT. The College Board must approve a formal request for each student. If the student already has College Board accommodations approved from a previous PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, SAT, or AP test, then no further action is needed. Once instated, accommodations remain in place for all College Board testing. The Accommodations Process for College Board Testing webpage provides instructions on how to request College Board testing accommodations, including the required input and consent forms (Enclosures 2-3). To request new or amended College Board accommodations for the October PSAT/NMSQT, return the input and consent forms to the school by August 10, 2021. When returning forms, deliver to:

ATTN: Taylor Bartram

James Madison High School

2500 James Madison Drive

Vienna, VA 22181

OR @email

When will my student receive PSAT/NMSQT scores?

Scores for the PSAT/NMSQT will be available online to students through their free College Board accounts six to eight weeks after test day. Students can view scores via College Board at https://studentscores.collegeboard.org/home. Students who do not currently have a College Board account will need to create one to view scores.  

What should my student bring to school on PSAT Day?

Students will need Number 2 pencils (not mechanical) and a graphing calculator for the PSAT.  Madison will not provide pencils or calculators on test day. It is also recommended that students bring a snack to eat during breaks. 

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

Please contact Jennifer Frate (@email) for more information regarding the PSAT/NMSQT.