PSAT/National Merit Qualifying Test Information

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This fall Batavia High School will host the PSAT on Wednesday October 13th for junior students.  This test is approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes long and takes place during the school day.   This test is practice for the SAT and will determine if students qualify for National Merit Scholarships. This is the only time and date this test will be given.  This test is completely optional for students and you must register and pay ($24) to take the exam.  Registration will close on September 20th.  

Seats are limited and will be offered to JUNIOR students on a first come, first served basis.  Once all the seats are filled, a wait list will open for any interested juniors, sophomores or freshman.  Junior students will be given priority for seats.

Who benefits from the PSAT/NMSQT?

  • This PSAT is primarily for high achieving junior students who would like to earn National Merit Scholarships.  This is the ONLY opportunity students will get to qualify.
  • Students who do not take this PSAT will still be given other opportunities to practice for the SAT.

What type of score is needed to qualify for National Merit Scholarships?

  • Juniors will need to score in the top 1% in the nation to be eligible for the National Merit Scholarship competition.  Students who do well on standardized tests are good candidates to compete.  

What does the test look like?

Total Testing Time 2 hours and 45 minutes
  1. Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
    • Reading Test
    • Writing and Language Test
  2. Math
Important Features
  • Focus on the knowledge, skills, and understandings that research has identified as most important for college and career readiness and success
  • Emphasis on the meaning of words in extended contexts and on how word choice shapes meaning, tone, and impact
  • Rights-only scoring (no penalty for guessing)
Score Reporting Scores will be reported on a shared common score scale with the SAT: The scale ranges for the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 scores are 320–1520 for the total score, 160–760 for each of two section scores, and 8–38 for test scores.
Subscore Reporting Subscores for every test, providing added insight for students, parents, educators, and counselors

If I currently receive testing accommodations at BHS, would I be able to use those on the PSAT?

  • If you already have approved accommodations (used on AP, SAT or PSAT exams last school year), you will be able to use them on this exam. You must register for the exam by September 10th to get your approved accommodations.

This sounds perfect for me!  What are the details?

  • Registration will open on September 1st and close September 20th.  It will be available here and you will also get an email.  Only students will be able to complete the form while logged into their account.
  • A $20 fee will be assessed on September 20th for all that have registered.  Once the fee is assessed, families will need to pay by September 24th to retain their seat.

If you are currently a homeschooled student in Batavia, you may register to take this test by emailing Mrs. Stern.    You can mail or drop off a check at Batavia High School, attention Kristen Stern.  

Before the Test

Day of Test

  • Students should report to their assigned testing location by 7:15 am.
  • Students should bring several #2 pencils, a calculator and their student ID. We encourage students to wear layers of clothing due to temperature fluctuations. 
  • Students will not be allowed to bring any electronic devices (except a calculator) to the testing room.
  • Bags and purses will not be allowed and should be left in the student’s locker. Staff will not be responsible for items not allowed in testing room.
  • Food or drink is not allowed in the testing room.
  • Please alert your first and second block teachers of your absence.