College Board Announces Dates for Future Test Administration

March 26, 2002

The College Board has announced the administration dates for the Preliminary SAT and the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). The PSAT/NMSQT measures a studentís critical reading, math problem-solving, and writing skills. The PSAT/NMSQT gives firsthand practice for the SAT I and SAT II and a chance to qualify for scholarship and recognition programs.  

PSAT/NMSQT is administered each October to high school students. Students should take the test by their junior year, but may benefit from taking it earlier, typically in their sophomore year.  

The fee for the test is $9.50, but schools sometimes charge an additional fee to cover administration costs. School personnel administer the test under standardized conditions.  

Schools will provide information as to the exact time and location for the tests, and have the option to select one of two possible test dates.  

The PSAT/NMSQT gives students feedback on strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. Students can also see how their performance on an admission test might compare with that of others applying to college. Additionally, the test allows students to enter the competition for scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.  

For more information about the PSAT/NMSQT, contact your local high school guidance counselor or visit The College Board web site at  


Proposed Dates for PSAT/NMSQT  

2002 Tuesday, October 15 or Saturday, October 19  

2003 Saturday, October 18 or Tuesday, October 21  

2004 Wednesday, October 13 or Saturday, October 16  

2005 Wednesday, October 12 or Saturday, October 15  

2006 Wednesday, October 18 or Saturday, October 21  

2007 Wednesday, October 17 or Saturday, October 20  

2008 Wednesday, October 15 or Saturday, October 18  

2009 Wednesday, October 14 or Saturday, October 17  

2010 Wednesday, October 13 or Saturday, October 16  

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