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Starting Your Program

Key steps in offering and using the PSAT/NMSQT program at your school

There are several steps that a school needs to take before it can administer the Preliminary SAT®/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

1. Obtain a College Board school code

To participate in the PSAT/NMSQT program, your school must have an active six-digit College Board school code. If your school offers AP or the SAT, you already have a school code. Visit the School Code search to look up your code.

Schools needing to acquire a code should call (609) 771-7091 for a code request form. The form will be sent to you via fax or email. Print it, fill it out, and fax the completed form to (973) 735-0392. You will receive an email containing your School Code within 7–10 business days.

2. Select a PSAT/NMSQT coordinator

The success of a school's PSAT/NMSQT program is due in large part to the efforts of a dedicated PSAT/NMSQT coordinator. The PSAT/NMSQT coordinator is responsible for:

  • Ordering materials
  • Storing materials before test day
  • Preparing students, parents, and staff
  • Administering the test
  • Returning test materials
  • Remitting payment
  • Interpreting results and reports

For more information, see the overview of Coordinator activities.

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