Taking the Test

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The PSAT 8/9 is offered between September and April each year.

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 to offer the PSAT 8/9. Testing is available during:
    • September 24, 2018–March 29, 2019*
    • April 8–26, 2019
    • *Orders can't be placed for these dates: January 28–February 22, 2019.


During the 2018-19 school year, the test costs $11 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.