PSAT Test Registration

PSAT Registration Essentials

PSAT stands for Preliminary SAT and it is taken by the students in the eleventh grade to enter the scholarship competition conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). Although students of even the fifth and sixth grades take the test, only the eleventh graders are eligible for the scholarship competition. This test is very close to the SAT, making it very popular among the students. Nearly fifty percent of the students who take PSAT are in fact not eligible for the scholarship competition. These students take the test in order to get their performance assessed. Here, we look into the registration details so that you can register for the test in time without any problems.

When and Where is PSAT Administered?

PSAT is administered as a paper and pencil test twice per year. It consists of three sections just as SAT. For the year 2014, PSAT is administered on Wednesday, 15th of October and Saturday, 18th of October. 

PSAT is not administrated through test centers that are designated. You shall have to take the test in a high school that is a registered member of the College Board. For this obvious reason, the booking should also be made through the high school in which you wish to take the test.

How Should You Register for the PSAT?

PSAT registration is quite easy; however, you should note that it cannot be made online. You shall have to approach a high school that is allowed to administer the test. You can certainly know whether any particular institution administers the test or not through the online portal on the official PSAT website ( On this page, you can enter the particulars of any particular school in order to know whether it administers the PSAT or not.

If the high school in which you study administers the PSAT, then you can directly approach the Principal or the counselor to request them to assist you through theregistration process. However, if you are a home-schooled student or your high school does not administer the test, then you should approach a nearby high school that administers the test and request to allow you to take the test in that particular school.

Furthermore, PSAT is also taken by students belonging to countries other than the USA. Nearly, 70, 000 students belonging to countries other than US were reported to have taken the PSAT in the year 2011. If you are one such PSAT aspirant, then you should find an English-speaking teacher who shall assist you through the process of signing up for the test, paying the test fees and handing over the Official Student Guide to you.

PSAT Registration Essentials

While registering for the PSAT, there are certain essential aspects that you must consider. They are listed below:

  • The first and foremost aspects that you must consider are the test dates and the deadlines for the registration process.
  • Refer to the link to find a table of all the test dates and deadlines concerning PSAT registration, administration, and score reporting.
  • Moreover, you should remember that of the two test dates dedicated for PSAT administration, any particular high school shall be allowed to administer the test on any one of the test dates intended for PSAT administration. Hence, you should be cautious and approach the institutions fast.

This is all the information pertaining to the registration for PSAT. Make sure that you make your registration fast and in time so that you may stay focused more on the preparation for the examination.