PSAT Info & Registration Procedures

Dear Sophomores, Juniors, and Parents/Guardians,

Hillsborough High School will offer the PSAT/NMSQT on Saturday, October 16, 2021. Please note that this offering is contingent upon the status of the current health emergency and any restrictions that may be in place at that time.

The PSAT is offered one date per year. There is no make-up test date. The next testing opportunity will be in October 2022.

The exam will run from approximately 7:30 am - 12:00 pm for most students. 

Students who would like to take the test must complete the registration and payment process online.

Registration Details

Click here to access the Total Registration site: Online PSAT Registration *

Registration Opens: September 1, 2021 at 8:00am

Regular Registration Ends: Monday, September 13, 2021 at 11:59pm

Late Registration (limited availability): September 14 - Sunday, September 26, 2021 at 11:59pm

* Note: Registration should be completed using the student's school or personal email. If you registered for the PSAT/NMSQT last school year, or have registered for an AP exam, you should use your existing Total Registration account to register for the PSATs. There are “forgot your username/forgot your password” links you can use to reset your account information.

Hillsborough HS has a limited number of tests. Exam orders will be on a first-come, first-served basis until we have reached capacity. All late registrants will be placed onto a waitlist until we can confirm we have an available test.

Regular Exam Fee: $30
Late Registration: $40 (includes $10 late fee)
Students Eligible for Federal Lunch Program: Juniors: Free. Sophomores: Reduced fee-$15

Who may test?

Students who are:

  • In 10th or 11th grade AND

  • Enrolled in Hillsborough High School or are a Hillsborough resident AND

  • Will not take the PSAT/MSQT at any other testing site in October 2021 (this is a College Board restriction)

The PSAT/NMSQT is appropriate for any 10th or 11th-grade student who is considering college. The test measures critical reading and math problem-solving skills.

While we generally recommend that students test in both Sophomore and Junior year, Juniors who have already taken the SAT, and know they will not qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program should consider whether taking the test is helpful/practical based on the score release date (early December).

Students are not required to take the PSAT. 

Other Important Details
  • Mask Policy: Masks are required throughout testing for all students and staff.

  • Desk Spacing: Students will be seated approximately 3 feet apart.

  • Students need to bring a sufficient supply of pencils and erasers, as well as a calculator. We cannot distribute these to students on test day.

  • Specific instructions regarding arrival and departure will be distributed to registered students prior to the test day.

  • Scores will be released in early December 2021.

  • Students will not receive their used test booklets (this is a College Board policy for Saturday testing).

  • Additional information about the PSAT can be found on the College Board site. Full-length practice tests are available online.

National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test

The PSAT/NMSQT serves as the qualifying test for juniors (Class of 2023 only) for the National Merit Scholarship Competition. Note that this scholarship is highly selective, especially for students from NJ, and requires strong scores to move on (maximum possible score 1520). Typically, National Merit Commended students have PSAT scores in the range of 1400+ and National Merit Semi-Finalists have PSAT scores in the range of 1490+.

Because the test will be offered this year, you should plan to test. Alternate Entry procedures will only be available for those with extenuating circumstances.

Students with IEPs/504s

You can only receive those accommodations that have been specifically approved by the College Board prior to test ordering; you do not automatically receive all accommodations listed in your IEP/504. If you are unsure if you have approved accommodations, you can contact Mrs. Thomson to check. We recommend that students who use extended time for classroom tests take the PSAT once with regular time before applying for extended time for future tests. Many students find that they do not want the extra time on the PSATs/SATs because they must sit through the entire duration of the extended time. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Thomson, your School Counselor, or your Case Manager. 

Questions? Please contact our PSAT Coordinator: Aimee Thomson,
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