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PSAT-NMSQT Exam for Juniors Oct. 16

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Stevenson High School will offer the PSAT/NMSQT exam to all juniors at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16. There is no cost for the exam and registration is not required.

The test will end at approximately 12:30 p.m., and will include two 5-minute breaks during testing (the number and length of breaks are determined by the College Board). Students will be excused from their classes during the exam. Following testing, students will return to their classes for the remainder of the day. Students who miss their lunch period due to testing will be provided time for lunch before returning to class.

Room assignments will be emailed individually to all students and their parents/guardians by Oct. 15. Students with College Board-approved accommodations will receive an additional email with accommodation-specific testing information.

What is the PSAT/NMSQT?
The PSAT/NMSQT measures reading, writing and language, and mathematics skills. It emphasizes critical thinking and reasoning skills over rote memorization of facts and figures and provides information as to how a student is progressing toward college and career readiness. Some juniors may qualify for National Merit Scholarship consideration. Visit the College Board website to learn more about the PSAT/NMSQT.

Why Should Students Take the PSAT/NMSQT?
Students receive detailed information as to their progress toward college and career readiness benchmarks together with specific suggestions to improve target areas.
Using a student’s PSAT results, Khan Academy provides free, personalized, focused practice to assist with SAT preparation. (SAT is the state-mandated test necessary for graduation that all juniors take in the spring). Also, top performers on this test may qualify for National Merit Scholarship consideration.

What Do Students Need to Bring?

  • Student ID
  • Wooden No. 2 pencils with erasers. Mechanical pencils are prohibited by College Board.
  • Approved calculator. Due to the number of students testing, Stevenson will not be able to provide calculators. Here is the link to approved calculators.
  • Comfortable clothes. Layering is recommended.
  • Snacks and water. Students will be required to leave them outside their backpack so they can access them during the break. Students are not allowed to open backpacks during testing or breaks. Opening backpacks could result in dismissal from the exam and cancellations of the student’s score.

College Board Cell Phone Policy
Please read here for details regarding electronic devices and cell phones.

  • Cell phones are prohibited and must be turned off. If a student’s device makes a noise, or a student is seen using a cell phone at anytime, the device may be confiscated and inspected, and it is grounds for dismissal and score cancellation. 
  • At no time during testing may students access or use their phones, including during breaks.
  • It is best for students to leave their cell phones at home or in their lockers, and not bring them into the testing room.

Food Service Details
This is a regular school day for students who are not taking the PSAT/NMSQT. As such, the cafeteria will be open as normally scheduled. Students who miss their lunch period due to testing will be provided time for lunch before returning to class. 

Families should contact their counselor with any questions regarding participation in the PSAT/NMSQT and other college and career readiness exams. The SAT-PSAT web page on our website also can be a valuable resource.

For any questions about test administration, email You may also call Lupe Guillen at 847-415-4213 or Jennifer Lukas at 847-415-4200 with questions or concerns regarding the administration of this test. 

For questions about testing with accommodations, contact Cassandra Coffey at 847-415-4204.