Are you in high school and ready to take the PSAT? Taking the PSAT, the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test, can be a little intimidating as it is a reminder that your college career is much closer than you think. While it seems a bit scary, the PSAT was created to prepare you for when it is time to take the SAT.

As a busy high school student, keeping all the details of your life straight and when to the take PSAT can be difficult to track. With the right tools and attitude, figuring out the PSAT and your next few years in high school will be a lot simpler than you think.

PSAT Registration Requirements

In order to register for the PSAT, you must visit the registration website www.collegeboard.org. This is the official website for PSAT registration, and the only way you can register for the test. Once on the website, you will need to create your own College Board account. The College Board account will allow you to register, select the location of any upcoming tests and provide you with your test results when they are available.

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If you are unsure about how to register, make sure to ask a parent, guidance counselor or caregiver to help you navigate the system and to make sure your information is correct in the College Board account.

Also, if you do not have access to the internet or a computer at home for your PSAT registration, you should let your school guidance counselor know. They can help you and make sure you have everything you need for your PSAT registration.

There is a minimal registration fee that is required for PSAT registration, which is covered by your school. If for some reason there is a fee associated with the taking of the test, and you’re unable to pay the fee, make sure to check with your guidance counselors because many times they have fee waivers available.

Where Can You Take the PSAT?

While there are many opportunities to take practice PSAT tests from the comfort of your home or a library, you may not do so for the actual test. The test will be administered at your school in early fall. The test will be given on a weekday and for those unable to take it on the day it was given due to scheduling or sickness, there is always a Saturday test day and then an alternate day.

This means that students have three opportunities to take the test. If you are a home-schooled student, you’ll want to visit the collegeboard.org website, and during registration find out what schools near you are administering the test. You’ll want to get in contact with the guidance office months in advance of the test to make sure they can accommodate you.

For the fall PSAT 2019, anticipated PSAT administration dates are October 16, October 19 and October 30. These are anticipated dates and can change at any time. Make sure to visit collegeboard.org well in advance of the dates to make sure you have the right dates or check in with your guidance counselor.

Being prepared for the PSAT is simple when you know what to expect. Stop by your guidance office at school to find out about the free resources that are available to help you prepare. If you are home-schooled and want to prepare, the collegeboard.org website has plenty of free resources to prepare you for the big day. Preparation is key when taking the PSAT.

About the Author

As a communications professional in the greater Philadelphia region, Jerisha enjoys writing informative advancement communications pieces for philanthropic organizations. When not writing, Jerisha is an adjunct faculty member in the College of Arts and Sciences at Wilmington University where she guides full-time students and full-time working adults through the writing process. Jerisha holds an M.F.A. in creative writing and enjoys writing education articles and essays.