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Prepare Seating Plans

Planning ahead for PSAT/NMSQT seating needs

Establish your room assignments and seating plan in advance. If this is not possible, assign seats to entering students randomly so that friends or relatives are not seated near each other. Do not allow students to choose their own seats. See a seating plan diagram (.pdf/146K) and an example of an approved seating plan. Requires Adobe Reader (latest version recommended).

Benefits of having seating charts

Preparing a seating chart of the rooms where you are administering the test is recommended. Why?

  • It helps to ensure that, after breaks, students return to the same seats.
  • If test books and answer sheets are collected in seat order, the seating chart can help identify whose test materials, if any, are missing.
  • Assigning seats through a seating chart for the PSAT/NMSQT prepares students for the same experience when they take the SAT.
  • If you must submit a Supervisor's Irregularity Report, a copy of the seating chart may help ETS determine how to handle the irregularity. (Note: Don't return the seating chart with the irregularity report; ETS will contact you if they need a copy of the seating chart.)

Be sure to keep a copy of the seating plan or any list of room assignments for future reference, if necessary.

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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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