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What is the PSAT Exam?

The PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 are highly relevant to your future success because they focus on the skills and knowledge at the heart of education. They’ll measure:

  • What you learn in high school

  • What you need to succeed in college


If you think the key to a high score is memorizing words and facts you’ll never use in the real world, think again. You don’t have to discover secret tricks or cram the night before. The best way to prepare for the test is to:

  • Take challenging courses

  • Do your homework

  • Prepare for tests and quizzes

  • Ask and answer lots of questions

In short, take charge of your education and learn as much as you can.


When is the PSAT?

October 13, 2021 right here on the SDHS Campus.


Who is taking this exam?

All students in the class of 2023.


How Much does it cost?

For the class of 2023 the PSAT exam is free. The San Diego Unified School District is funding the cost of this exam. 

For More Information: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10

SCORE REPORTS: Where can my student get their PSAT/NMSQT Scores?

Students can get their scores for all PSAT-related assessments by logging in to Student Score Reports with the username and password they use for their College Board account. If they don't have an account, it's easy to Create One.



When you take the PSAT/NMSQT you can use a calculator for part of the Math Test, but it has to be an approved type.


Bring One of These Calculators:

  • Graphing calculator (most models permitted; see Student Guide for list)

  • Scientific calculator

  • Four-function calculator (not recommended)


Leave These Devices at Home:

  • Anything that can connect to the internet

  • Anything that makes noise or "talks"

  • Calculators that use electrical outlets

  • Calculators with QWERTY keypads

  • Tablets or cellphones

  • Laptops or handheld computers

  • Paper-tape calculators

  • Calculators with a pen-input device or stylus


Calculator Smarts:

  • Bring your own calculator. You can’t share one.

  • Don’t bring a brand-new calculator. Bring one you know.

  • Practice for the test using the same calculator you’ll use on test day.

  • Decide how to solve a problem, then decide if you need your calculator. This might surprise you, but calculators don't always save time. In fact, the Math Test includes some questions where it’s faster not to use a calculator, even though you're allowed to.


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