PSAT 8/9, PSAT 10 & PSAT/NMSQT
Starting in the 2018-19 school year, the Illinois School Board of Education (ISBE) required all school districts to administer the PSAT 8/9 and PSAT 10 to all freshmen AND sophomores on a designated day in April. They have these benefits in common:
- They are great practice for the SAT because they test the same skills and knowledge as the SAT—in a way which makes sense for a given grade level.
- The SAT and PSAT tests measure the same skills and knowledge in grade-appropriate ways.
- They provide score reports which can be used to personalize Khan Academy®SAT practice. With students’ explicit permission, Khan Academy will use PSAT results to create a unique study plan.
- These score reports also list which AP courses students should check out.
The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is administered to ETHS juniors on a designated day each October as part of the Wildkit Futures Day. The PSAT/NMSQT offers these benefits:
- Used to qualify students for the National Merit Scholarship Program, National Scholarship Service, and the National Hispanic Recognition Program, and other special scholarships administered through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
- Practice for the SAT because it tests the same skills and knowledge as the SAT.
- Provides score reports which can be used to personalize Khan Academy®SAT practice. With students’ explicit permission, Khan Academy will use PSAT/NMSQT results to create a unique study plan.
- PSAT/NMSQT score report lists which AP courses students should check out.
The PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10 and PSAT 8/9 are highly relevant to students’ future success because they focus on the skills and knowledge at the heart of education. According to College Board the PSAT assessments measure the skills and knowledge that research shows are the most important for success in college and career. They measure:
- What students learn in high school
- What students need to succeed in college
Creating a College Board Account
With a College Board account, students can access their PSAT, SAT and AP scores online, and send them directly to colleges. Students can also register for any SAT and print their SAT Admission Ticket. Students can connect their College Board account to Khan Academy for FREE individualized SAT exam prep. Be sure to provide complete and accurate information. Use a password that can be easily remembered, as this account will be used to access students’ SAT scores in the spring as well.
Instructions for creating your College Board student account
Additional PSAT Resources:
Accessing PSAT Scores:
Understanding the PSAT/NMSQT & PSAT 10 Score:
Understanding the PSAT 8/9 Score:
PSAT/NMSQT & PSAT 10 Information:
PSAT 8/9 Information:
Practice questions for the PSAT/NMSQT & PSAT 10:
*Students with an approved IEP or 504 Accommodations Plan will receive the testing accommodations stated on their plan, in a small group environment. Students with accommodations should log in to their myETHS account a week before testing to find their room assignment.
Students with extended time may be released after 12:00pm.
English Language Learners in the Bilingual Program will receive room assignments from the Bilingual Coordinator or their ESL teacher.