What You Need to Know About This Year’s PSAT

Test Dates

  • Primary Test Day: Wednesday, October 16
  • Saturday Test Day: October 19
  • Alternate Test Day: Wednesday, October 30

Updated Test Policies

The College Board has updated several policies for the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 for 2019-2020. Some of the key changes are outlined here.

1) Reduced Spacing Between Desks

The minimum space between student desks has been reduced from 4 feet to three.

2) Streaming App for MP3 Audio

Students receiving accommodations will now access MP3 Audio using a streaming app. For more information on this change, please consult the Coordinator Manual.

3) Accessibility for English Learners

The College Board is adding supports for English learners, including translations of test directions, bilingual glossaries, and extended time (1.5x). Click here to learn more and check for eligibility.

You can find a complete list of policy updates by reading more on the College Board’s PSAT page for K-12 Educators.

Must Have on Test Day

1. An approved calculator:

2. Valid photo ID:

  • If testing at your school, you will need your school photo ID
  • If you are not testing at your own school, you will need government issued photo ID
  • If you do not have an appropriate form of ID, you can use the College Board’s notarized Student ID Form

3. Two No. 2 pencils with erasers

4. If you’re approved for MP3 audio accommodations, bring headphones if the school doesn’t provide them

5. Social Security Number (optional)

Nice to Have on Test Day

  • Extra batteries and/or a backup calculator
  • A watch (with no communicating abilities
    and alarms and sound turned off)
  • A bag or backpack, which will be stored during testing

Leave at Home on Test Day

Don’t bring any of these items unless you’ve been approved to use them:

  • Earplugs
  • Scratch paper
  • Timers
  • Highlighters, colored pens/pencils, or mechanical pencils
  • Compasses, rulers, protractors, or cutting devices
  • Smartwatches, cellphones, and any devices with recording, communicating, audio, or visual content capabilities
  • Tablets, laptops, or other personal computing devices