PSAT Reminder, October 12, 2022

Mon, 10/10/2022 - 2:55pm

On October 12, 2022, all GHS 9-11th graders will take the PSAT/NMSQT exam.  This exam is offered, free of charge, to students enrolled in Freshman - Junior year in HCPSS schools.  The schedule for the day is posted below.  ARL students in 9-11th WILL NOT attend ARL this day; HCC and early release students in 9-11th will remain at school for testing. Testing room assignments will be shared via CANVAS and posters at school. 

What to bring: #2 pencils, water. Technology will need to be off and away for the duration of the exam. 

How to prepare: Visit the College Board website, get rest the night before, and eat a good breakfast that morning.  Arrive on time to school (by 7:20 am) and report to your assigned testing room. 

What if I miss testing day? There is no make-up for the PSAT.  If you miss the testing day, you can test another year (unless you are a junior). 

More about the exam: The test is paper and pencil.  It takes about 3.5 hours in total.  The test is given to identify students’ skills and strengths when preparing for the SAT. It can also help students be identified for scholarships through the college board. 

What do I do if I have questions?  Contact Lisa Prime (Testing Assistant) at or Judi Hendricks  (Testing Coordinator) at



Seniors can choose from various options for the day:

  • Seniors are encouraged to use this school day (10/12/22) as a discretionary absence day to visit colleges, write college applications and/or essays at home, etc.  
  • Howard Community College is hosting a “Senior Summit” Open House on 10/12/22 11 am-1 pm. Seniors planning to attend HCC or interested in learning more about HCC can register to attend this event on their own. 
  • If seniors report to school, they will not attend classes from 7:25-11:30 am but will instead be supervised in the cafeteria. Seniors will attend regular classes from 11:30-2:10 pm.
    • Any Senior attending PM ARL will need to leave school at 10:55 AM as ARL buses will be on their normal schedule. Seniors attending PM ARL will need to bring a bagged lunch to school as lunches will not begin until 11:30 AM once testing is over.


Following PSAT’s, Juniors will eat lunch in the cafeteria. Following lunch, Juniors will be dismissed to the cafeteria for a Junior Class Meeting with our Josten’s Representative to discuss class ring ordering. Once the meeting is complete, Juniors will be released outside for a class field day.