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The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a standardized test administered by the College Board and cosponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) in the United States. Approximately 3.5 million students take the PSAT/NMSQT each year.

  •   The PSAT takes place on a Wednesday, every October.
  • All 10th graders will be taking this exam.
  • 9th graders are strongly encouraged to take the exam since it prepares you for the SAT.
  • 11th graders who take the exam will be eligible to compete for the National Merit Scholarships awarded in their senior year.

All students are strongly encouraged to take this important exam. It is a formal practice test that prepares for the SAT. The SAT or the ACT are tests that students must take in order to be considered for admission to most four year colleges or universities.

In order to get a fee waiver for the PSAT, YOU MUST BE APPROVED for the free or reduced lunch program. You must complete a lunch application EACH year in order to be on the list. If you are not, pick up an application NOW in the Cafeteria. If you are not on the lunch list, you will pay $15. NO EXCEPTIONS!! 

Facts about the test

The assessment comprises three tests and includes 2 hours and 45 minutes of actual testing time, 10 minutes of breaks and approximately 45 to 50 minutes of administration time (about 3 hours and 30 minutes total time). Here is a breakdown:

  • Preadministration activities: 45 to 50 minutes
  • Reading Test: 60 minutes
  • 5-minute break
  • Writing and Language Test: 35 minutes
  • Math Test – No Calculator: 25 minutes
  • 5-minute break
  • Math Test – Calculator: 45 minutes

Collecting materials and dismissing students: 5 minutes


For more information regarding the PSAT/NMSQT click on the following link:




Los resultados del PSAT/NMSQT 2017 estan diponibles:


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Students applying to the UCs/CSUs must:

1) Meet all the A-G course requirements

2) Take the SAT reasoning test or the ACT plus writing

For the UCs two SAT subject tests are recommended especially if you plan to major in Engineering or Science. Engineering majors should take SAT Math II and one Science subject test (I advise to take two science subject tests)


3) All tests must be taken by December in order to be considered for admission. 


To register or for more detailed fees visit:




Video-How to sign up for the SAT.


Video-How to sign up for the ACT.

SAT Fees 

SAT Test: $46.00 

SAT with essay: $60.00

Late Registration Fee: $29.00 (in addition to the original price)

Change your testing date fee:  $29.00

 SAT Subject Test

Base Fee: $26.00

Per Test Fee: $21.00

Language Tests w/ listening: $26.00

For additional fee information please click the following link:


ACT Fees
ACT: $42.50
ACT plus writing: $58.50

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