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Choose Test Rooms

Selecting the best testing areas for the PSAT/NMSQT

Make sure your school's test rooms are correctly prepared. Each test room should meet the following criteria:

Test room environment

  • Room is away from noisy areas or distracting activities.
  • No disruptive events are scheduled on test day.
  • Room has proper ventilation and lighting.
  • Room contains no displays that might provide assistance to students during the test such as maps, charts, etc.

Test room equipment

Each test room should contain:

  • Enough room to permit a distance of four feet between students 
  • Desks or tables—all facing forward—with good writing surfaces and room for a test book, answer sheet, and calculator side by side
  • Two timepieces to prevent mistiming
  • An easily visible clock (if there is no clock, post the time remaining for each test section at regular intervals)
  • A place to post your school code, test date, and start and stop times so all students can see them
  • A microphone or public address system, if needed, in large testing rooms (do not use a public address system to administer the test in more than one room simultaneously)

Customized Entry Pages


The PSAT/NMSQT Supervisor's Manual provides important information on procedures to be followed before, during, and after administration of the PSAT/NMSQT.

With your test book shipment, you will receive at least one Supervisor's Manual per 25 test books ordered. You can also download a copy  (.pdf/1.3M).

Please set aside time before the test day to read the manual carefully so that all procedures will be familiar and easy to follow when you administer the test.

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