Special Considerations

Here are some situations you may need to prepare for.

You know in advance that you cannot take the test when your school offers it: Tell your counselor as soon as possible that you have a conflict, such as a religious observance. You may be able to take the test later in the month (during the testing window, which is defined as the period of time the test can be administered at your school) or as an Away Student at a nearby school that has selected a different test date. If you test at another school, be sure to take your school code and an acceptable photo ID with you. You’ll need to keep your ID with you at all times, especially if you leave the testing room. (See the Digital PSAT/NMSQT Testing Rules for information about acceptable photo identification.)

You are homeschooled and want to take the PSAT/NMSQT: Make arrangements in advance with your local school or another nearby school that is administering the test. Contact PSAT/NMSQT Customer Service if you need help finding a school in your area that's giving the test.

You missed the test but want to enter the National Merit Scholarship Program: For information about another route of entry to the National Merit Scholarship Program, see Unable to take the PSAT/NMSQT?.