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PSAT/NMSQT® District

Welcome to the Early Participation Program!

The College Board's PSAT/NMSQT® Early Participation Program is an initiative designed to increase access for and involvement of all students in the college-going process. By engaging students at an earlier age while there is still time to inform instruction and learning, the Early Participation Program helps increase their readiness for college.

What are the benefits of the Early Participation Program?

  • Fosters participation of underserved student populations in the college-going process
  • Provides early preparation and feedback
  • Equips students with college-planning tools
  • Helps educators identify students for AP® programs
  • Offers significant cost savings

Who participates?

School systems that:

  • Serve populations composed of at least 25 percent low-income and minority students
  • Commit to cultivating a college-going culture for all students
  • Agree to test at least 75 percent of students in participating grades, one of which must be 10th grade
  • Test students on Wednesdays to facilitate maximum participation

How does the Early Participation Program work?

  • Reduces cost of all student test fees in participating grades by up to 25 percent
  • Charges districts a fixed fee, regardless of how many students actually take the PSAT/NMSQT
  • Waives unused test fees, encouraging schools to order sufficient quantities without penalty
Important 2014-2015 Dates
June 30 Priority date for schools to order test materials* and request fee waivers (for juniors) online at collegeboard.org/school**.
August 27 Deadline for receipt of completed SSD accommodations requests
September 26 Last date for U.S. schools to increase test orders
Wednesday, October 15 PSAT/NMSQT Test Day for all EPP-participating schools
More Dates

* June 30 is the priority date to order test materials in order to ensure timely delivery of Official Student Guides. Please remind your schools to register early and to order sufficient quantities. All registrations and orders must be done by each school's PSAT/NMSQT coordinator. Note: Schools in Early Participation Program districts do not pay unused test fees so schools should order as many test materials as they feel they need to inclusively test their students on Wednesday, October 15.

** Fee waivers are allocated for eligible juniors only on a first-come, first-served basis and may not be available after June 30. If your EPP includes juniors, your schools may not request fee waivers. Learn more about fee waivers.

Communicate with your schools: email and letter templates

Download customizable templates for communicating key PSAT/NSMQT dates and events to your school's PSAT/NMSQT coordinators throughout the school year. Log into your PSAT/NMSQT District Order Summary Page to email all your coordinators.

Quick links

Plan Ahead: Upcoming PSAT/NMSQT Test Dates

Wednesday, October 14
Saturday, October 17

Please feel free to connect with us by emailing your questions or comments about the Early Participation Program to psatdistrict@collegeboard.org. We hope that you and your staff find this web resource useful and we welcome your feedback.

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