Taking the Test

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The PSAT 8/9 is offered in the fall or in the spring.

Sharpen Your Pencils and Your Skills

How to get ready for test day:

  1. Ask your school counselor when your class will take the PSAT 8/9.
  2. Get a list of what to bring on test day—and what to leave at home.
  3. If you need testing accommodations for students with disabilities, talk to your counselor.
  4. If you’re home-schooled or testing outside the U.S., find out what to do.

That’s it—if you’re a student. If you’re an educator, learn about ordering tests, giving the test, and more. Go to K–12 Educators.

Who, Where, When

  • Who: Eighth- and ninth-graders
  • Where: At school
  • When: Schools choose a date between September 26, 2016 and January 27, 2017, or between February 21 and April 14, 2017


The test costs schools $10 for each student—but you might not pay that much. Some schools cover all or part of the cost for their students. For details, ask your counselor.