PSAT Info & Registration Procedures

Dear Sophomores, Juniors, and Parents/Guardians,

Hillsborough High School will offer the PSAT/NMSQT on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, during the school day. Please note that this offering is contingent upon the status of the current health emergency and any new restrictions that may be in place at that time.

The exam will run from approximately 7:30 am - 12:00 pm for most students. Bus transportation will not be provided. Students must arrange their own transportation to and from school.

Students who would like to take the test must complete the registration and payment process online.

Registration Details

Click here to access the Total Registration site: Online PSAT Registration

Registration Opens: Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 3:00pm

Regular Registration Ends: Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 11:59pm

Late Registration (limited availability): December 9 -Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 11:59pm

Note: If you took the PSAT/NMSQT last school year, or have registered for an AP exam, you should use your existing Total Registration account to register for the PSATs. There are “forgot your username/forgot your password” links you can use to reset your account information.

We can test all students who register by the regular registration deadline. Late registrants will be placed onto a waitlist until we can confirm we have an available test.

Regular Exam Fee: $22

Late Registration: $32 (includes $10 late fee)

Students Eligible for Federal Lunch Program: Juniors: Free. Sophomores: Reduced fee-$11

Full refunds are available for student-initiated cancellations through January 19, 2021. If the exam administration is canceled for all students, full refunds will be provided.

Who may test?

Students who are:

  • In 10th or 11th grade and
  • Enrolled in Hillsborough High School or are a Hillsborough resident who attends Somerset County Vo-Tech full-time and
  • Did not take the PSAT/NMSQT at any testing site in October 2020 (this is a College Board restriction)

The PSAT/NMSQT is appropriate for any 10th or 11th-grade student who is considering college. Note: Scores will not be released before the March 2020 SAT test date.

Students are not required to take the PSAT.  Based on the projected score release date, juniors who have already taken the SAT, and know they will not qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program should consider whether taking the test is helpful/practical.

National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test

The PSAT/NMSQT serves as the qualifying test for juniors (Class of 2022 only) for the National Merit Scholarship Competition. Note that this scholarship is highly selective, especially for students from NJ, and requires strong scores to move on (maximum possible score 1520). Typically, National Merit Commended students have PSAT scores in the range of 1400+ and National Merit Semi-Finalists have PSAT scores in the range of 1490+.

Juniors who are unable to take the PSAT can enter the NMSC through the Alternate Entry procedure, which involves submitting SAT scores from anywhere between August 2020 and June 2021. Students who take the PSAT/NMSQT can not enter through the Alternate Entry procedure.

Other Important Details

  • Students and proctors will be expected to wear masks throughout their time in the building. This is both a College Board and HHS pol
  • Students need to bring a sufficient supply of pencils and erasers, as well as a calculator. We cannot distribute these to students on test day.
  • Social distancing will be in place throughout the day. Students will be seated at least 6 feet apart. Students will check-in at their assigned testing room, to eliminate crowding at check-in.
  • Specific instructions regarding arrival and departure will be distributed to registered students prior to the test day.
  •  Score Release: Scores will be released in mid-March 2021. We expect that students will receive question-level detail on their score reports and will receive their used test booklets - but this information will not be available until mid-March, after the March 2021 SAT test administration.
  •  Students with IEPs/504s: You can only receive those accommodations that have been specifically approved by the College Board prior to test day; you do not automatically receive all accommodations listed in your IEP/504. If you are unsure if you have approved accommodations, you can contact Mrs. Thomson to check. We recommend that students who use extended time for classroom tests take the PSAT once with regular time before applying for extended time for future tests. Many students find that they do not want the extra time on the PSATs/SATs because they must sit through the entire duration of the extended time. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Thomson, your School Counselor, or your Case Manager.

Additional information about the PSAT can be found on the College Board site. Full-length practice tests are available online.

Questions? Please contact our PSAT Coordinator: Aimee Thomson,

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