PSAT Pre-Survey Opt-Out Policy

Decide whether your student will complete pre-survey questions

About PSAT

Each October, all Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) tenth and eleventh grade students take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

PSAT Confidentiality

The College Board may send responses to some questions to the student's middle/high school, school division, and state. Institutions that receive a student's PSAT/NMSQT information are required to keep it confidential and to follow College Board guidelines for using information. More details on confidentiality may be found in the Student Guide for the PSAT/NMSQT


At the beginning of the test, students are administered a voluntary pre-survey that asks questions about a variety of topics. Student participation in this pre-survey is not required to take the exam.

Previewing Questions

Parents and guardians may preview the PSAT/NMSQT pre-survey question content and instructions to aid in their decision on whether to  opt out.

Right to Opt-Out 

Parents and guardians may opt out of having their students complete the pre-survey portion of the PSAT. When choosing to opt out, it is important to communicate this decision to the student so he or she knows not to answer pre-survey questions. 

Opt-Out Form

Parents and guardians who choose to opt-out from pre-survey participation for their students should complete and return the opt-out form to the school by the end of September. Contents and printable pdf copies of the form are available at this link. 

The PSAT confidentiality notice is copyright of the College Board and is used here with permission. 

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