If You Missed the Test
The PSAT/NMSQT is only offered on two days in October. If you are a junior and are concerned about preparing for the SAT test, there are many resources available to you. You can ask your counselor for copies of the Official Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT or the SAT Preparation Booklet. These publications contain a full, scorable practice test which you can take under timed conditions to simulate the actual tests. You can also review the sample PSAT/NMSQT critical reading, math, and writing skills questions available on our website. For daily preparation, try to answer The Official SAT Question of the Day.
If you are a junior and are concerned about connecting with colleges to receive information, you will have another opportunity to supply information for the Student Search Service by completing the Student Descriptive Questionnaire when you register for the SAT.
If you missed taking the PSAT/NMSQT in your junior year, you may still be able to enter programs conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corporation if you meet other requirements to enter the NMSC competitions (published in the Official Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT and on NMSC's website ). To request information about alternate testing after the October PSAT/NMSQT administration, write to NMSC as soon as possible but no later than March 1 following the PSAT/NMSQT administration that was missed. Your letter must be postmarked on or before March 1 for your request to be considered.
Send your letter to:
National Merit Scholarship Corporation
Attn: Scholarship Administration
1560 Sherman Avenue, Suite 200
Evanston, IL 60201-4897