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Each year, LAUSD high schools administer the PSAT/NMSQT. The number of students taking the PSAT has been identified as one of the strongest indicators of a college-going culture at a school.  For the 2017-2018 academic year, as in the previous years, the district will pay for all 10th grade students (Class of 2020) to take the PSAT.  Eleventh graders are also encouraged to take the PSAT/NMSQT to be eligible for scholarships and grants and to prepare for college admissions testing. Fee waivers are available from the College Board for eleventh graders who qualify.


What's on the Test?

The PSAT/NMSQT includes:

  1. Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 
    • Reading Test 
    • Writing and Language Test
  2. Math 

The whole test requires two hours and 45 minutes.


PSAT/NMSQT Test Day: Wednesday, October 11, 2017



60 minutes = 47 questions/tasks


Writing and Language

35 minutes = 44 questions/tasks



70 minutes = 48 questions/tasks


Students are advised to bring a calculator with which they are comfortable.


Scholarships & Recognition

By taking the PSAT/NMSQT, you may qualify to enter the competitions for prestigious scholarships and participate in recognition programs.


Special Opportunities

The College Board has partnered with several organizations who provide millions of dollars in scholarships to qualified low-income and minority students. Help them find you by opting in to Student Search Service® when you take the PSAT 10.

These organizations include:

  • American Indian Graduate Center (aigcs.org)
  • Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (apiasf.org)
  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund (hsf.net)
  • Jack Kent Cooke Foundation (jkcf.org)
  • United Negro College Fund (uncf.org)

To unsubscribe from the entire Student Search Service program, go to https://student.collegeboard.org/student-search-service?excmpid=MTG166-PR-2, call 800-626-9795, or write to: The College Board 11955 Democracy Drive Reston, VA 20190-5662 Attention: Student Search Service


For more information about the PSAT/NMSQT visit https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10?navId=stud-pn10