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.