The PSAT/NMSQT is offered once each year in the month of October. Students sign up for the PSAT/NMSQT at their local high school or at another high school in their community. This test is administered by high schools, not through the College Board's national testing centers. Online registration for the PSAT/NMSQT is not available. The test is designed for Juniors, but may be taken by lower grade levels if they feel ready. Please review the information below to help with that decision.Updates to the 2020-21 PSAT:The College Board has offered schools that are closed like ours an alternate PSAT testing date in January. Oak Park High School has decided to postpone the exam until that date as we are not currently open and unable to receive many students on campus at once. As January approaches, the school will determine if and how the PSAT can be administered. We will update everyone with more details as the date approaches.
For more information about PSAT, please visit the College Board PSAT/NMSQT website.All registrations for the OPHS administration of the PSAT will be processed through the OPHS Student Store.So who should be taking the PSAT/NMSQT?The PSAT/NMSQT was originally created as a "practice" test to be taken by Juniors in the fall of the 11th-grade year in preparation for taking the "real" SAT in the Spring. The PSAT's Score Report Plus is designed to help students determine their strengths and weaknesses by providing personalized feedback on academic skills and to help them determine what subjects to focus their preparation on for the "real" SAT - also known as the SAT Reasoning Test. Although the PSAT/NMSQT is based on curriculum that most high school students have taken through the beginning of their junior year - at Oak Park High School we have many 10th and even 9th grade students who are already pursuing advanced curriculum in mathematics (i.e. Algebra II or higher), along with Honors and/or AP Science, English and History courses. For these advanced students taking the PSAT in the 9th and 10th grades simply provides them valuable test-taking practice and a very concrete way of tracking their academic growth over time.For more information go to the College Board's PSAT web page: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10
Last Modified on October 14, 2020