PSAT Updates


On Monday, April 19, 2021, Oakton High School tenth graders will have the opportunity to take the PSAT 10. FCPS will cover the cost for any tenth grade student to take this test. The test will be held in person at Oakton High School. This version of the test is not for National Merit Scholarship Qualification.

Registration for the test is now closed. Due to health and safety protocols, FCPS sites cannot accept walk-ins on the day of the exam.  Students can visit resources below for online practice assessments.

Students who are registered for the PSAT 10 will be receiving information regarding testing exclusively through their FCPS emails. Parents should encourage their students to check their school emails regularly for important updates regarding testing.

Please view this Infographic for information specific to PSAT 10 at Oakton HS. It includes check-in protocols, student building entry, materials needed for testing, timing of the test, and more.

General information about the PSAT 10 test format is available on the College Board webpage ( Monday, April 19 has been designated for independent learning in FCPS high schools, so students who choose to take the PSAT 10 will not miss synchronous instruction or intervention with their teachers.

We will share more details about test day schedules and bus transportation in the coming weeks. FCPS health and safety protocols for PSAT 10 administration are available online ( 

If you have questions about the PSAT 10 administration at Oakton High School, please contact us at @email.



On October 29, 2020, juniors who registered for testing participated in the PSAT/NMSQT exam. Scores reported to students’ College Board accounts on Tuesday, December 8. Students and their families must access students’ College Board accounts to view their score reports. If any junior missed the opportunity to register for the PSAT for October 29th, he or she can still qualify for the National Merit through alternate entry. A student who does not take the PSAT/NMSQT because of illness, emergency, or other extenuating circumstance but meets all other requirements may still be able to enter the National Merit Scholarship Program. Please visit the NMSC Resources page for information about alternate entry using SAT scores.

SAT School Day

The SAT School Day was held on September 23, 2020. Scores will be released through students’ College Board accounts in mid-October.

Students wishing to sign up for the SAT must do so through their individual College Board accounts. 




Q.  What is the PSAT/NMSQT test?

    A. The PSAT is a practice SAT test and cannot be sent off to colleges and universities for application purposes. The PSAT/NMSQT version of the test (as opposed to the PSAT 8/9 or 10) is the official qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship. Learn more about the National Merit Scholarship here.

Q.  When/where is the PSAT/NMSQT for Oakton students?

    A. The PSAT/NMSQT will be given on Thursday, October 29, 2020 at Oakton HS during the school day. Check-in will begin at 7:45 am. Doors close at 8: 15 am.

This day will be an asynchronous school day for all high school students. Students will be notified of their testing location by email ( accounts).  Encourage your child to check for updates through their school email after registration closes on October 9.

Q.  Do I have to register to take this test with the College Board? How much will it cost?

  1.  For the October 29th, 2020 PSAT/NMSQT at Oakton High School, we will be taking care of registration locally, and there is no fee this year to participate in testing for FCPS juniors. There is no need to register through the College Board, but students must create an account with the College Board to access their scores. Accounts should be created through a personal email address (not school) so that students can access scores past their tenure at Oakton High School.

Q.  How long is the test?

    A. The PSAT/NMSQT is normally 2 hours, 55 minutes long; however, students with College Board-approved extended time will test longer. Students testing with standard time should be done around 12:30 pm. Students testing with extended time will be emailed their testing time approximation closer to the testing date. If your child has College Board accommodations, please visit this site.

Q.  What should my student bring to school for the PSAT/NMSQT test? Please note: We are not able to loan out pencils or calculators to students due to health concerns.

  • A picture ID (can be last year’s school ID)
  • A mask that must be worn the entire time they are in the building.
  • Two or more No. 2 pencils- not mechanical
  • Graphing Calculator
  • Water and snacks. Snacks may be consumed during breaks. We request that snacks are peanut-free and carried in a clear Ziplock bag.
  • Emergency Contact Information
  • Personal Hand Sanitizer (not required)

Q. What is prohibited from testing?

  1. Testers are not permitted to bring any electronic “smart” device such as a cell phone or wearable technology like a Smart Watch or Fitbit. Please leave these items at home.

Q. Is food permitted?

  1.  Fairfax County will be providing a grab and go breakfast and lunch option for all students. Snacks are allowed to be eaten during scheduled breaks. We request that snacks are peanut-free and carried in a clear Ziplock bag.

Q.  I said “yes” for school transportation on the Intent to Participate form. How do I know what time the bus will pick me up?

  1.  If you indicated that you will need FCPS transportation, you will be hearing from the FCPS Transportation Services one-two days prior to testing regarding pick-up/drop off times as well as bus stop location.

Q.  How can my student prepare for the PSAT/NMSQT?

    A. PSAT Student Guides which includes a practice test is linked above.  The College Board has also partnered with Khan Academy to provide online practice: Official PSAT® Practice. Please also visit the PSAT/NMSQT Terms and Conditions.

Q.  What procedures are being followed to ensure the safety of students?

        A. SAT, ACT, and PSAT Health and Safety Protocols – Please read the information provided on this site. This page gives you information about how the procedures are being followed at schools to ensure safety of students and staff.

Testers will also be receiving an email through their accounts regarding the check-in process, entrance and testing room assignments, and what to bring (and what not to bring). Parents/guardians are not permitted in the building and should remain in their cars. Only students who are actually taking an exam may wait in the check-in line.

We also ask that testers and families dropping students off do not socialize in the parking lot or in the building. Social distancing needs to be practiced at all times on the school property as well as mask wearing.

Q.  How can my student apply for testing accommodations for the PSAT?

    A. The College Board’s deadline for PSAT accommodation requests was August 31st.  Any student who has College Board approved accommodations will receive the appropriate accommodations on test day.  Please be aware that students with an extended time accommodation will finish testing laterAdditionally, students testing with MP3 audio will test over 2 days. For questions about the College Board accommodation request process, please contact our SPED Department Chair, Shelley Wiederhold, at

Q.  When will my student receive PSAT/NMSQT scores?

    A. Scores should be available online to students through their free College Board accounts in late December to early January.   Students can view scores via College Board at Students who do not currently have a College Board account will need to create one to view scores.  Students should use their personal email (not accounts) to create their CB accounts as they may need access to these scores past being an FCPS student.

Q.  I have a question that is not listed above – who should I contact?

  A. Please contact our Assessment Coach, Molly Brady,


Test Accommodations

College Board (SAT, PSAT, AP Exams)

If your child has a current IEP or 504 plan and you are planning to apply for accommodations from the College Board for an AP or SAT exam, you must complete the Parent Consent Form and the Local Application and return it to Shelley Wiederhold, Special Education Department Chair at Oakton High School. The College Board application procedure is a one-time process.  If you have a rising sophomore, junior, or senior who has already completed the application, you do not need to do this again.  The approved accommodations will apply to each College Board test.  If you wish to know if your student already has accommodations, please contact College Board directly at 609-771-7137 or go to


The ACT process is a bit different than College Board’s. When you register for an ACT exam and you wish to have accommodations, you will request that as you are registering. You then need to email Shelley Wiederhold, Special Education Department Chair at Oakton High School, with information about what you are requesting as well as with a signed Consent to Release Information. Details on the ACT accommodations process can be found on their website


Any questions regarding accommodations should be directed to Shelley Wiederhold at  


Test Preparations 

ACT and SAT test prep classes offered by Adult and Community Education. The test-prep and study skills courses offered are listed at this link from the Adult and Community Education website.  PSAT  For practice tests visit To understand PSAT scores, look at the following links: