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Making Payments and Returning Materials

Test coordinators should return test materials as soon as possible, and no later than the next school day after the test administration. Failure to return answer sheets promptly may delay score reports for students. It may also prevent PSAT/NMSQT takers from entering the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Get detailed instructions for returning test materials, paying for the test, and storing test books in the Supervisor’s Manual for each assessment.


The PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 are school-based tests. Students do not pay the College Board — schools do. It is also the responsibility of schools to request PSAT/NMSQT fee waivers on behalf of 11th-grade students who need them.

Test coordinators compute their school’s test fees and generate a remittance report on the Test Ordering site. If a school uses PSAT/NMSQT fee waivers, a printed Fee Waiver Roster should accompany payment.


These fees are paid by schools. The cost to a student may be different if the student qualifies for a fee waiver (available only for the PSAT/NMSQT) or if the school covers all or part of the cost. Students should check with their school to find out their test fees. Schools pay these fees in 2015 (for the PSAT/NMSQT) and 2016 (for the PSAT 10):

  • PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10 test books: $15
  • Unused test books: $4 for each unused test book exceeding 20 percent of the total ordered
  • International shipping surcharge: $4/test