PSAT 8/9 and PSAT 10 are assessments in the College Board’s SAT Suite of Assessments. The PSAT 8/9 and PSAT 10 are guidance resources that help students measure their current academic development, explore AP course options, and assess readiness for college and career options. The assessments include Reading, Writing and Language, and Math. The PSAT 8/9 and PSAT 10 will help prepare students for the SAT assessment taken during their junior year and are state required assessments.

The PSAT 8/9 and PSAT 10 will be administered to all 9th and 10th grade students on April 15, 2020 as part of the Illinois state testing requirement. 9th grade students will take the PSAT 8/9 and 10th grade students will take the PSAT 10.

Students will testing accommodations that require testing over two days, will complete testing on both April 13th and April 14th.

More information about the PSAT 8/9 and PSAT 10 can be found on College Board's website using the links below.

PSAT 8/9 College Board Information

PSAT 10 College Board Information



The National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) (optional) measures the reading, writing and language, and math skills needed for college and career. Scores from the PSAT/NMSQT may qualify 11th grade students to be National Merit Scholars.

Why take the PSAT/NMSQT?

We encourage high achieving juniors to take the PSAT/NMSQT because it identifies National Merit Scholars and enables students who score at the highest levels to qualify for college scholarships. It allows students to compare their academic skills with those of other college-bound students. It also provides excellent practice for the SAT Reasoning Test, one of the major college entrance exams. This test is for Juniors only.

College Board's PSAT/NMSQT Test Information


The PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) will be administered at Prospect High School on Wednesday, October 14, 2020. Students need to report to their assigned testing location no later than 7:45 a.m. 

This test measures verbal reasoning, critical reading, math problem solving, and writing skills important for success in college.


The PSAT/NMSQT can be used as a predictor for SAT scores. It allows students to compare their academic skills with those of other college-bound students.

If you are entitled to testing accommodations, PLEASE see your Counselor for additional information. The deadline for submitting Eligibility Forms and Documentation for the October 2020 PSAT/NMSQT is August 21. Click here for more information about College Board accommodations.

The fee to take the test is $30 through 3 p.m. on September 13th, 2020;  thereafter it is $35.

Official Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT

If you plan to take the PSAT/NMSQT, pick up the Official Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT in the Assessment Center, Room 143.

The Student Guide has three main sections:

  • Test taking help
  • Information about National Merit Scholarship Corporation scholarship competitions
  • A full-length practice test

Use the Student Guide to Do Your Best!

  • Review the section about scholarships with your parents.
  • Practice now with sample critical reading, math, and writing skills questions.
  • Get familiar with the instructions for each type of test question.
  • Take the practice test like it's the real thing! You can go online to review complete answer explanations for all the questions on the practice test to help you prepare before test day.

Click here to visit the College Board's PSAT website.

Due to Covid-19 we will not be offering a PSAT/NMSQT Test Prep Seminar.



















PSAT/NMSQT Test Prep registration will be open August 1 and closes August 16, 2019.  

Prospect's Test Prep Seminar offers a comprehensive approach for preparing students to take the PSAT/NMSQT.

Prospect offers two sessions, register for one session:

Session I - Tuesday/Thursday

 Tuesdays:  9/3, 9/17, 9/24 (5:40 pm to 9 pm), 
 Tuesday: 9/10 (3:20 p.m. to 6:40 p.m.)
 Thursday:  10/3 (3:20 p.m. to 6:40 p.m.)

Session II - Wednesdays
Wednesday:  9/4, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2 (3:20 to 6:40 pm), 
Wednesday:  9/11  (3:20 to 5:45 pm),

Please contact Mrs. Maureen Seul at (847) 718-5414 or if you have any questions.