How do I sign-up for the SAT and PSAT/NMSQT?
Parents or students can sign-up by mail or on the official web site www.collegeboard.com or www.collegeboard.org for the SAT. Please sign up early because deadlines and late fees may apply. There is a nominal fee to sign up for the test, but waivers are available for individuals that may find this fee a financial burden. The PSAT/NMSQT can only be registered for at your local high school up until the day of the test if there is room but sign up early to help ensure a spot.
How often are the SAT and PSAT/NMSQT offered?
The SAT is offered seven times a year (October, November, December, January, March, May, June), and the PSAT/NMSQT is offered once a year (Third Wednesday or Saturday in October).
What do I do if my child was signed up as a junior to take the SAT and then the next year I found out about the PSAT/NMSQT only counting for scholarships in their junior year?
If the student has not taken the PSAT/NMSQT yet, they still can. You can sign them up as a junior, as long as you show the appropriate graduation date that correlates with them being a junior. According to the National Merit Corporation, the SAT and PSAT/NMSQT are separate tests and grades are not compared. The PSAT/NMSQT score is only used for the scholarship contest and counts only in a student’s junior year.
Is it true that colleges only want students to take the SAT 2-3 times?
Not true. Colleges want your higher scores because it elevates their national rankings and most schools will Super Score. This is where they take the highest scores from different sections from different tests. I.e. cherry picking the best scores.