The PSAT 8/9, PSAT/NMSQT, and SAT are standardized tests administered by the College Board to assess reading, math, and writing skills. The test gives students a chance to practice for the SAT. Taking the SAT is required for freshman entry into many universities.

All district students in eighth through 11th-grade take the PSAT for free. The SAT is administered to students in grade 11 for free.

The PSAT and SAT tests are designed to:

  • measure college and career readiness

  • have a strong connection to classroom learning

  • inspire productive practice

The PSAT 8/9 helps students plan for high school. Test results can be used to identify potential students for Pre-AP and AP classes and could help them qualify for magnet programs.

The PSAT/NMSQT is used to determine eligibility and qualification for the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Benefits of taking the PSAT

You don’t get better at anything without practice and the PSAT is great practice for the SAT. Studies show that each time a student takes the PSAT exam, they improve their performance on the SAT.

The PSAT helps you:

  • discover majors and careers based on your interests and PSAT/NMSQT results

  • learn what you need to work on and get a custom study plan

  • receive information about admission and financial aid from colleges and scholarship programs

  • get feedback on how ready you are for college and access tools to help you improve

Plus, if you study and do your best on the PSAT, you could:

  • qualify to be a National Merit Scholar your junior year which will help you stand out to colleges

  • increase your chances of getting a scholarship

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.

Process for requesting accommodations

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.  

College Board deadlines for testing accommodation requests

TestTest DateAccommodation request deadline
PSAT/NMSQTOct. 16Aug. 27
SATMarch 4*Jan. 14, 2020
APMay 4-15Jan. 17

 *SAT School Day. All 11th graders PAID for by the district.

Superintendent Scholars

The top 100 scoring 10th grade students are designated as Superintendent Scholars. Superintendent Scholars are recognized in an award ceremony and invited to participate in the Scholar’s Academy summer program. Find out more about this and other invitation-only test prep programs.

Presentations and resources

PSAT overview

Roadmap to College Resource (PDF)

2019 Spring Parent Information Meetings (PDF)

2019 Spring Parent Information Meetings - Spanish (PDF)

PSAT student score report

Roadmap to College Resource (PDF)

2018 PSAT Student Score Report Classroom Lesson  (PDF)

PSAT Student Reflection Worksheet (PDF)

More information

For more information, visit the College Board website.

Homeschooled students

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.

PSAT/NMSQT Homeschool Policy