User Guide

Search Criteria


Intended Major

(All Students, PSAT/NMSQT, SAT, and SAT Subject Only)

A major code needs to be chosen only once from the list and it will apply to either PSAT/NMSQT and/or SAT, depending on which exam the student took. Keep in mind that if a major choice is grayed out, it means the data source (i.e., PSAT/NMSQT or SAT) does not offer the specific major; this will not apply to an ALL Students order.

Intended Major is included in Search output.

You can use this selection criterion to build and strengthen your academic programs. When students take the PSAT/NMSQT, they are asked to make a tentative choice of one college major that interests them. When SAT registrants fill out the SAT Questionnaire, they are asked to select a first-choice major and up to four other majors or areas of study that interest them. To receive the records for students whose choice of majors match the degree programs you offer, you can select up to 60 majors individually and unlimited major groups on each ALL Students, PSAT/NMSQT or SAT Search form. The major group includes the major shown with a "G" preceding the group number and all majors listed under it.

Groups of Majors

To select a group of majors, be sure to select the major group name with the number preceded by the letter "G". The major group names are the majors shown with a "G" preceding the number at the head of the lists of individual majors. For example, to receive student records for test takers who specified 450 Engineering and any engineering major listed under it, select G450 Engineering (450–473) on your order.

Individual Majors

To receive the records of test takers who specified engineering, for example, look up the code for engineering in the list of majors. The correct code for engineering is 450—select "450 Engineering" under the Individual Major Codes. This will count as one of over 400 individual majors that you can select.

Ordering Strategy

Because PSAT/NMSQT is taken early in the sophomore and junior years, the students who take this exam may not have an intended major. We recommend you make a general selection of many majors because these students may be open to learning about several of the academic opportunities offered at colleges and universities. To avoid overlap, select Individual Majors that are not in your Major group selections. For example, don't include 450 Engineering (an Individual Major) and then select G450 Engineering (a Major Group) in the same order. If you choose Engineering as a Major Group, you will receive records from all students who marked 450 Engineering as a general major and as a specific major within it.