PSAT – Oct. 11th

The PSAT will be offered to 10th and 11th graders on Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Online payment through the HSMSE Web Store

PSAT 2017 Memo for Students & Parents

2017 Official Student Guide2017 Official Student Guide

The Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test (PSAT) will be FREE to all 10th grade students due to a partnership between the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) and the College Board,


11th grade students will be charged $16.00 to take the PSAT.

Please address all money orders to “HSMSE.”

Students who qualify for either free or reduced priced lunch, will receive a fee waiver and will not have to pay for this exam.   You may apply for free or reduced priced lunch by completing a lunch form or by applying online: www.ApplyForLunch.com or www.nyc.gov/accessnyc


The NYCDOE will pay for ALL 11th graders to take the SAT on a special, in-school administration of the SAT on Wednesday March 21, 2018!


How to submit payment for the PSAT:

  1. Online Payment through the HSMSE Web Store
  2. Money orders will be the only acceptable form of payment. Please address money orders to “HSMSE.”   We cannot accept personal checks or cash.

Mr. Klein will visit all 11th grade classes during 5th period on Thursday, October 5, 2017.

If you are unable to submit the payment, please contact Mr. Klein (wklein@hsmse.org)

  1. School store starting the week of October 10th.


What to Bring on Test Day

·         Two No. 2 pencils with erasers

·         An approved calculator

·         Student ID Number

·         Social security number (optional)

·         Email address (optional)

·         Current and valid school issued photo Id

What NOT to Bring on Test Day

·         Protractors, compasses, rulers

·         Dictionaries or other books

·         Pamphlets or papers of any kind

·         Highlighters and colored pens or pencils

·         Listening, recording, copying, or photographic devices

(including watches and cell phones that contain cameras)

·         Food and beverages, including bottled water, unless approved by the College Board’s

Services for Students with Disabilities.


As students enter the testing room MUST turn off any electronic device including phones, audio players/recorders, tablets, laptops, personal computing devices, timers, cameras, smartwatches and wearable technology, unacceptable calculators.


Failure to follow these rules could result in the invalidation of the students’ exam and may require the College Board to confiscate the device for investigative purposes.



2017 PSAT Timing
Reading Directions & Bubbling biographic Information 45 minutes
Section Standard Timing 50% Extended Time 100%

Extended Time

    5 minute break 5 minute break
    45 60
5 minute break
  5 minute break 5 minute break
5 minute break
5 minute break 5 minute break
34 45
Collection of Materials 15 5 5
Total Time: Includes 45 minutes of bubbling biographic information and breaks 3 hours,              45 mins 5 hours,                   25 mins 6 hours,                   45 mins


This test will take place during the normal school day from 8:00 am to approximately 11:45 am.  All 10th & 11th grade students will have lunch until 12:35pm, following their dismissal from their testing room.   Please be aware that students who finish the last section early, must stay in the testing room until the entire room is dismissed.


Students who receive College Board approved extended time accommodations will be given their permitted amount of time to complete the PSAT and will eat lunch after they are dismissed from the exam.  After-school activities will take place as scheduled and will not be affected by the administration of the PSAT.


About the Redesigned PSAT


PSAT/NMSQT® stands for Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. It’s a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the redesigned SAT, which was first administered in March 2016.  It also gives you a chance to enter National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) scholarship programs (11th grade)


The PSAT/NMSQT® measures reading, writing and language, and math skills developed over many years, both in and out of school. You will not be asked to recall facts from literature, history, or science, or to complete math formulas, because this test measures your reasoning and critical thinking skills.  You have developed these skills over many years, both in and out of school. This test doesn’t require you to recall specific facts from your classes.


The most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT® are:

  • to receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study in order to focus your preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice
  • to see how your performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college
  • to enter the competition for scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (grade 11)
  • to help prepare for the SAT and become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions you will see on the SAT
  • to receive information from colleges when you check “yes” to Student Search Service




Students who take the PSAT/NMSQT will have free access to MyRoad—the College Board’s online majors, college, and career exploration program. MyRoad is included with each student’s My College QuickStart. https://quickstart.collegeboard.org/posweb/login.jsp

With an online score report, an SAT study plan, and planning tools for college and career, My College QuickStart is an exciting new resource available to PSAT/NMSQT test-takers only. With your individual account, you will be able to access MyRoad’s wealth of major and career information, search for colleges, take a personality-type assessment, and get exclusive, first-hand perspectives from students and professionals currently working in their respective disciplines and fields.


Unique features include:

  • ORA Personality Profiler®: the online assessment students take to learn about their personality types and receive major and career suggestions.
  • Sixty-seven profiles of academic fields—from aeronautics to theater, representing 175 instructional programs.
  • Timely articles covering over 450 occupations—everything from actors and accountants to veterinary technicians and web designers.
  • MyRoad is designed to make choosing a major, college, or career path quicker and easier. To get a preview of MyRoad, please take an online tour:







FREE Preparation for the redesigned SAT:


Method Test Prep: Free for HSMSE students!


Please refer to Blackboard Connect email and handout for login code.


Khan Academy:



For assistance, please contact the school counselors at 212-281-6490

9th and 10th Grades:              Ms. Candie Patterson (cpatterson@hsmse.org)

11th and 12th Grade:              Mr. Wade Klein (wklein@hsmse.org)

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