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PSSS (Preliminary SAT Scoring Service)

Practice. Prepare. Improve.

Early practice and the right tools help students improve and succeed. The PSSS provides schools, districts, and other educational organizations with an early assessment of students' academic skills as well as tools to help students improve.

The test measures critical reading, mathematics, and writing skills using the predisclosed 2013 PSAT/NMSQT Saturday test form. Educators can use the PSSS to help guide and inspire students as they plan for their future.

Download the 2014 PSSS Brochure and Order Form (.pdf/1.0MB) for more information.

What PSSS provides

Practice for the PSAT/NMSQT and the SAT. Students can use the PSSS to familiarize themselves with the types of questions, instructions, and format they will encounter on the PSAT/NMSQT and SAT.

Flexible administration. Schools choose how and when to use the PSSS, any time between January 13, 2014, and March 28, 2014. Schools can also provide special accommodations, such as dictionaries or extended time for English language learners.

Skills assessments for students. Like PSAT/NMSQT Score Reports, PSSS Score Reports provide personalized feedback on students' skills and offer suggestions for areas in which students can improve to better prepare for college.

College-preparation tools for students. Students who take the PSSS gain access to My College QuickStart, the College Board's online college and career planning tool. Through My College QuickStart, students can explore and plan for the future with My Online Score Report, My SAT Study Plan™, My College Matches, and My Major & Career Matches.

Robust tools and reports for schools. Schools receive the Summary of Answers and Skills (SOAS) reports, which aggregate test results by grade and overall group performance in each academic area. Additionally, schools receive access to AP Potential, which helps identify students who may benefit from the Advanced Placement Program® (AP®).

Benefits to schools that have:

  • Young ESL students whose first standardized testing experience may require flexibility
  • Ninth-graders who may need time to acclimate to the new environment of high school
  • SSD students and want to experiment with extended-time testing prior to submitting eligibility request forms to the College Board
  • Space constraints during the official PSAT/NMSQT testing day and younger students who cannot be accommodated
  • Early college awareness programs that want to incorporate an assessment component
  • Math and English classes that want to incorporate testing for younger students

PSSS testing restrictions

The PSSS cannot be administered to eleventh-graders.

Students who took the Saturday 2013 PSAT/NMSQT should not take the PSSS.

Only schools or not-for-profit organizations may administer the PSSS.

PSSS test scores do not qualify students for National Merit Scholarship Corporation programs.

Scores are not sent to colleges and should not be recorded on students' transcripts.

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