PSAT and SAT
The PSAT 8/9, PSAT/NMSQT, and SAT are standardized tests administered by the College Board to measure college and career readiness through assessing reading, math, and writing skills.
Students are able to take the PSAT 8/9, PSAT/NMSQT, and SAT at no cost if taken on provided district-wide test days.
Benefits of the tests
is required for freshman entry into many universities
aids students in earning scholarships towards college education
- 11th-grade students take the test at no cost on SAT Day
prepares students and improves performance on the SAT
helps you discover majors and careers based on your interests and test results
gives feedback on college readiness and grants access to tools to help you improve
could help you potentially qualify to be in the National Merit Scholar program
increases your access to AP and college credit based on score
gets you connected to scholarships based on score
may get you invited to participate in invitation-only test programs if you were a top-performing student
helps middle school students plan for high school
can be used to identify potential students for Pre-AP and AP classes
helps students qualify for magnet programs
Preparing for the test
Studies show that student performance improves significantly on tests like the SAT with practice. Get ready for the PSAT/NMSQT and SAT with the resources below.
Request accommodations for testing
To get the most value out of their testing experience, students with documented disabilities have the opportunity to request assistance for their tests in the form of an accommodation.
Accommodations for PSAT 8/9
For students taking the PSAT 8/9, parents may request accommodations per the student's 504 or IEP plan. Parents must contact the middle or high school testing coordinator by Sept. 1.
Accommodations for PSAT/NMSQT, SAT and AP exams
For students taking the PSAT/NMSQT, SAT and AP exams, accommodation requests must be made by parents through the process provided by the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) within the College Board. The request must meet College Board’s deadlines. Parents only need to make one request for all exams. Once approved, these accommodations will apply to all College Board exams, including PSAT/NMSQT, SAT, AP, and CLEP.
The SSD Coordinator at each high school campus will work with parents to facilitate the process for testing accommodation requests; however, Garland ISD does not make the determination regarding accommodations. College Board determines if the student is eligible and for which accommodations he/she is eligible to receive. Please be aware that current (3 years or less) documentation will be required to be submitted when making the accommodation request through SSD.
Important dates for the tests
|Test||Test Date||Accommodation request deadline|
|PSAT 8||Oct. 15-18||Sept. 1|
|PSAT 9||Oct. 16||Sept. 1|
|PSAT/NMSQT||Oct. 16||Aug. 27|
|SAT||March 4||Jan. 14, 2020|
|AP||May 4-15||Jan. 17, 2020|
*All tests paid for by district on if taken on the test date
Presentations and resources
Have questions? Talk to your campus administrator or testing coordinator.
For information on testing procedures, contact the Research, Assessment, and Accountability department.
To learn more about test preparation, contact Advanced Academics.
For more information about the tests, visit the College Board website.
PSAT/NMSQT for 10th & 11th graders - Wednesday, October 16, 2019.
Contact the counseling office of the nearest high school by September 1, 2019, for information and to register. We cannot guarantee availability of tests for homeschool students after September 1, 2019.