After Test Day

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The test might be over, but test coordinators still have a few to-dos.

Returning Materials

It's critical to return answer sheets to the College Board no later than the next school day after test day. Failing to do so could:

  • Delay scoring
  • Prevent PSAT/NMSQT takers from entering the National Merit™ Scholarship Program

New Test Policies

Starting in 2018-19, schools must also return test books for the following administrations:

  • PSAT/NMSQT Saturday test day
  • PSAT 10 dates in February or March

Learn more about new test policies.

Paying for the Test

Schools order tests and send payments to the College Board; students do not.


Schools pay these fees:

  • PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10 test books: $16
  • Unused test books: $4 for each unused test book exceeding 20 percent of the total ordered
  • International shipping surcharge: $6 per test
  • Extra set of score reports (optional): $100
  • Score labels (optional): $100

Note: All schools receive one paper score report per student and can print additional score reports as well as score labels at no cost.

Calculating Payment

How much schools pay depends on factors including these quantities:

  • Tests ordered
  • Tests used
  • Fee waivers applied

PSAT/NMSQT Invoice Schedule and Fee Waiver Information

Starting in 2018-19, schools will no longer review invoice information immediately after test day. Here’s the invoice schedule:

  • Starting December 3: Schools can sign in to the test ordering site to review answer sheet counts, complete fee waiver rosters, and make grade-level adjustments.
  • January 11: Deadline for identifying fee waiver–eligible students and making grade-level adjustments.
  • Mid-January: Final invoices are sent to schools.

Also starting in 2018-19, when schools identify fee waiver–eligible students in PSAT/NMSQT rosters, those students can directly access fee waiver benefits through their College Board accounts.

When students are ready to register for the SAT, they’ll get these benefits and more:

  • 2 free SATs, with or without the essay
  • 6 free SAT Subject Tests
  • Unlimited score reports to send to colleges

Learn more about SAT fee waiver benefits.