PSAT/NMSQT Testing Notification
Understand plans for high school PSAT/MNSQT testing
This page provides content found in the Fairfax County Public Schools notification letter for October 2021 PSAT/NMSQT testing, shared with parents and guardians in June-July 2021.
Notification of PSAT/NMSQT School Day 2021
To Parents and/or Guardians of Rising Tenth and Eleventh Grade Students:
Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is pleased to announce plans to offer the Preliminary SAT (PSAT)/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) to students in grades 10-11 this fall. The test will be administered on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, and will be free of charge to enrolled FCPS students. The purpose of this letter is to provide general information about the PSAT/NMSQT School Day opportunity. This letter also provides time-sensitive information about testing accommodations for students with disabilities.
The PSAT/NMSQT is a standardized test that measures mathematics and evidence-based reading and writing. The test focuses on reasoning skills, knowledge, and comprehension. It is designed to promote college readiness while preparing students for college entrance assessments. Information about test content and format can be found on the College Board PSAT/NMSQT webpage (https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/inside-the-test/key-features). The PSAT/NMSQT is co-sponsored by the College Board and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. While only students in grade 11 are eligible to compete for National Merit Scholarships, students in grade 10 who take the PSAT/NMSQT gain excellent practice for the PSAT/NMSQT in grade 11 and the SAT college entrance assessment.
Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
Students with disabilities who have testing accommodations documented in a 504 Plan or an individualized education program (IEP) may be eligible for testing accommodations on the PSAT/NMSQT; however, the College Board must approve a formal request for each student. If the student already has College Board accommodations approved from a previous PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, SAT, or AP test, then no further action is needed. Once instated, accommodations remain in place for all College Board testing. Enclosures 1-3 and the Accommodations Process for College Board Testing webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/38355) provide information on the FCPS process for requesting accommodations for these College Board tests. If requesting new testing accommodations for PSAT/NMSQT, the required input and consent forms are due to the school by August 10, 2021.
We are excited to be able to provide this opportunity for tenth and eleventh graders in October. Stay tuned for more information about the PSAT/NMSQTat the beginning of the school year. Information can also be found on the FCPS PSAT Assessments webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/42102).
Enclosures 1-3: Accommodations Request Process (see cards linked below)