PSAT/NMSQT Dates

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2020 Testing Schedule

  • Primary test day: Wednesday, October 14
  • Saturday test day: October 17
  • Alternate test day: Thursday, October 29 (formerly October 28)

Schools and districts can order tests on our test ordering site.

In order to support you in ordering and administering the SAT School Day and PSAT/NSQT during this uncertain time, we enhanced the following policies during your order experience:

  • Ordering for Multiple PSAT/NMSQT Test Dates: For fall 2020, you can test students across multiple PSAT/NMSQT administration dates. This flexibility already exists for the PSAT 8/9 and SAT School Day.
  • Revised Administration Dates: We adjusted the PSAT/NMSQT Alternate and SAT School Day makeup administration dates to provide new choices on different days of the week:
    • PSAT/NMSQT: If you previously placed an order for the original alternate date (Wednesday, October 28),your order will be automatically shifted to Thursday, October 29. You are required to administer the PSAT/NMSQT Alternate test on the revised date of October 29. Please login to the test ordering site to cancel your order if you're unable to test on October 29 or add an additional test.
    • SAT School Day: If you need to use the makeup as another opportunity to test your students, you you will be able to order for the October 27 makeup immediately following the primary administrations. Plan to place your makeup order on September 23-25 and/or October 14-16 based on your primary test date.
PSAT/NMSQT Test Dates Ordering Deadlines

October 14 (Wed)

October 17 (Sat)

October 29 (Thurs) Revised

Aug 5: Deadline for schools outside the U.S. to decrease orders
Sept 16: Deadline for U.S. schools to order, reduce, and increase orders.

SAT School Day Test Dates Ordering Deadlines

September 23 (Wed)

Aug 25: Deadline for schools to order, reduce, and increase orders.

October 14 (Wed)

Sept 16: Deadline to order, reduce, and increase orders.

October 27 (Tues) Revised Makeup

Sept 23-25 for September School Day makeup ordering window
Oct 14-16 for October School Day makeup ordering window

  • No Charge for Unused Tests: Schools won't be charged test fees if they're unable to administer SAT School Day, PSAT 8/9, and PSAT/NMSQT this fall. We understand the decision to test may not be made until closer to the administration dates; please adjust your test book volumes the best you can by the ordering deadlines (Tuesday, August 25 for September SAT School Day and Wednesday, September 16 for October tests).

U.S. Schools Can Receive Materials Early

Save time and let students fill out their identifying information before test day—select the preadministration option on the ordering website by August 19 to receive answer sheets and coordinator manuals by September 16.

2020

August 5

  • Deadline for schools outside the U.S. to decrease PSAT/NMSQT test book orders.

August 19

  • Deadline for schools to order tests using the preadministration option. Participating schools receive answer sheets and coordinator manuals by September 16 (U.S. schools only).

August 25

  • Deadline for schools to complete SSD testing accommodations requests.

By September 16

  • Schools outside the U.S. testing on October 14 and October 17 begin to receive test materials by this date.
  • Preadministration deliveries arrive no later than this date (U.S. schools only).

September 16

  • Deadline for schools outside the U.S. to order or increase standard and accommodated PSAT/NMSQT test materials.
  • Deadline for U.S. schools and districts to order, increase, or decrease PSAT/NMSQT test materials.
  • Deadline for U.S. schools to order PSAT/NMSQT accommodated test materials.

By October 2

  • Schools outside the U.S. testing on October 29 (formerly October 28) receive test materials by this date.

By October 7

  • U.S. schools testing on October 14 and October 17 receive test materials.

By October 21

  • U.S. schools testing on October 29 (formerly October 28) receive all test materials by this date.

October 15

  • Deadline to return answer sheets from the October 14 test administration.

October 17

  • Saturday PSAT/NMSQT test day.

October 19

  • Deadline to return test books and answer sheets from the October 17 administration.

October 21

  • U.S. schools testing on October 29 receive all test materials.

October 29 (formerly October 28)

  • Alternate PSAT/NMSQT test day.

October 30

  • Deadline to return answer sheets from the October 29 administration.

Early December

  • Scores available to educators online.

Mid-December

  • Student scores are released online. Score availability depends on the state from which students are accessing scores.

Anticipated PSAT/NMSQT Dates

2021 PSAT/NMSQT Dates

2021 PSAT/NMSQT Administration Dates
Primary Test Day October 13, 2021
Saturday Test Day October 16, 2021
Alternate Test Day October 27, 2021
Note: All dates subject to change.