The PSAT is offered in October each year. This year, the PSAT will be held on October 13th, 2021. The PSAT is generally given first as a practice test in 10th grade. In October of the student’s Junior Year, the PSAT that “counts” is administered. The PSAT allows for students to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship. Here is the 2021 PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide.
Some tips to help you prepare for test day:
Pack a Testing-bag:
- Photo ID (the driver’s license, School Id, etc.).
- Keep the printed copy of the admission ticket.
- #2 HB sharpened pencil, least five pencils, and an eraser.
- Calculator – make sure it has a new battery and functional (can be used in Math-calc section).
- Water bottle or any drink as per your liking.
The Week of the Test:
Assuming you have been preparing, do not take any full test or section test 3 days before the test. If you decide to study, keep it light: review key notes and spend only about 30 minutes doing so.
Stay relaxed and do relaxing activities like walk, yoga, watch favorite TV shows, etc. Only for 30 minutes, no more than 1 hour. The night before the test eat a light and healthy dinner and try to go to bed early.
The Morning of the Test Day:
- Wake up early, do 5 – 10 minutes of walking or breathing exercises.
- Take a shower to feel completely awake.
- Eat a healthy breakfast.
- Leave early to reach the testing site 20 minutes before the check-in time.
- Wear a watch or carry a clock to track the time.
- Make sure you bring a facemask, sanitizer.
During the Test:
- Listen and follow the proctor’s instructions carefully.
- Set the timer/clock for each section 5 times less than the end time.
- Remember to review all the answers before moving to the next test section.
- You will get a 10-minute break and a 5-minute break. Go out and have snacks or drink or
- socialize a little bit. Do not discuss anything related to the test.
- Do not move to the next section until the proctor instructs.