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PSAT Registration

There is no registration for sophomores and juniors.  They will be automatically registered at no cost to families.  Freshmen will not be taking the PSAT.  Rather, they will participate in participate in Academic and Career Plan (ACP) transition lessons on PSAT day.


2019 PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide

The PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide has pertinent information for testing, tips, and a practice test: PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide


PSAT Bell Schedule



In this FAQ, you will find FAQs about the PSAT that is scheduled for Wednesday, October 16th. 


Q.  What test will my 9th grader take?

       A. As of the 2019-2020 school year, only 10th and 11th graders will take the PSAT/NMSQT exam. Freshmen will participate in Academic and Career Plan (ACP) transition lessons  on PSAT day.


Q.  What test will my 10th or 11th grader take?

       A. 10th and 11th Graders will take the PSAT at no cost. They will also receive access to their score reports in their College Board accounts.  However, only juniors can be eligible for the National Merit Scholarship.


Q.  When/where is the PSAT?

       A. The PSAT will be given on October 16th at Oakton during the school day.  Students will be notified of their testing location by email ( accounts).  Students can also ask their advisory teachers for test location information.   There will be a 2 hour early release on October 16th (buses depart at 1:05).


Q.  How long is the test?  Where can I find a  PSAT Day schedule? 

       A. The PSAT is 3 hours, 55 minutes long; however, students with College Board-approved extended time will test past the school day.  PSAT Day schedules can be found at the top this webpage.


Q.  How can my student prepare for the PSAT?

       A. PSAT Student Guides/Practice Tests will be distributed to students through English classes.  This document is also available online at  College Board has also partnered with Khan Academy to provide online practice at


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

       A. College Board’s deadline for PSAT accommodation requests was August 16th.  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 after the buses depart for dismissal and will need to provide their own transportation home from school on October 16th.  For questions about the College Board accommodation request process, please contact our Special Education Department Chair, Shelley Wiederhold, at @email


Q.  When will my student receive PSAT scores? 

       A. Scores for the PSAT/NMSQT will be available online to students through their free College Board accounts by 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.  


Q.  What should my student bring to school on PSAT Day?

       A. Students will need (wooden) Number 2 pencils and a graphing calculator for the PSAT.  OHS will not provide pencils or calculators on test day. It is also recommended that students bring a snack to eat during breaks.  A grab-and-go lunch will be provided in the cafeteria at 12:35 for students who would like to buy lunch. 


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

       A. Please contact Molly Brady (@email ) for more information regarding the PSAT. 


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. 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 @email.  


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: