PSAT 8/9

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The PSAT 8/9 is a test that will help you and your teachers figure out what you need to work on most so that you’re ready for college when you graduate from high school. It tests the same skills and knowledge as the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, and PSAT 10—in a way that makes sense for your grade level.


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Who, Where, When

Eighth and ninth graders take the PSAT 8/9 at school in the fall or spring.

2016-17 School Year

  • Fall: September 26, 2016 to January 27, 2017
  • Spring: February 21 to April 14, 2017

2017-18 School Year

  • Fall: September 25, 2017 to January 26, 2018
  • Spring: February 26 to April 27, 2018

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The PSAT 8/9 establishes a baseline measurement of your college and career readiness as you enter high school. It also gives you a chance to preview the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, and PSAT 10 and connect to AP courses.

Get Ready for the PSAT/NMSQT and SAT

When you get your test results, if you’re 13 or older, you can connect your College Board and Khan Academy® accounts to get free personalized study recommendations.

Get Matched to AP Courses

If you’re in ninth grade, your test results will let you know if you should check out AP World History or AP European History. AP Potential™ also helps schools grow their AP programs.

Know It All

Check out what is and isn’t on the test. Go to Inside the Test.

K–12 Educators

Test Ordering

Everything Else You Need to Know

Get set up to receive electronic scores and read about procedures for a smooth administration. Find out what you need to know before, during, and after test day. Go to K-12 Educators.

Note: The College Board no longer offers ReadiStep™.