COVID-19 has put a damper on basically every area of our lives. Families have been contacting us for the last few weeks about the possibility of their junior not being able to take the PSAT/NMSQT after spending months practicing.
GOOD NEWS! The College Board has added a second PSAT date to the schedule, January 26, 2021. Homeschoolers, especially, are having a difficult time locating a facility that will allow them to take this very important test. This date will have the same benefits as the October PSAT/NMSQT, including eligibility for programs administered by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Remember, the junior year is when this contest counts for the big scholarship money!
More good news! If you child is doing a super-senior year, i.e. five years in high school, your student can take the PSAT twice for the National Merit Scholarship program. The quote is found on page 6 of the Official Student Guide:
Students who plan to take five years to complete grades 9 through 12 can participate in the National Merit Program if they take the PSAT/NMSQT in the third year of high school and again in the fourth year. These students’ Selection Index scores will not be eligible for the program until a written request for entry to the competition is approved by NMSC. The request should include the student’s name, high school name and location, year the student began high school, year the student will complete high school, and a brief explanation of the student’s educational pattern.
The guide also offers information about cancellations for all or a specific group to test takers. The College Board allows the school or testing location to request an “alternate test date or provide other options for testing.” This information can be found on page 39 under Section 6.
2020/2021 PSAT/NMSQT Dates
- Primary test day: Wednesday, October 14, 2020
- Saturday test day: October 17, 2020
- Alternate test day: Thursday, October 29, 2020 (formerly October 28)
- NEW test day: Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Homeschoolers and the PSAT 8/9
Important PSAT 8/9 Info:
How to become a College Board Testing Site:
If you are having a hard time finding a school to administer the PSAT 8/9, your homeschool support group or co-op may consider becoming an official testing site.
Important PSAT 8/9 Information
- The test is now offered between the Fall and Spring, but next year there will be 2 specific dates.
- Sign up at the school.
- The cost is $10 but some schools will cover the fee.
- Accommodations can be made for students with disabilities. You don’t need College Board approval to get accommodations for the PSAT 8/9, but test coordinators at your school must order any special materials before the ordering deadline.
We are always here to help in any way we can. Feel free to email us at [email protected] if you have any questions.