• PSATs - January 26, 2021

    Dear Sophomores, Juniors, and Parents/Guardians,

    Manasquan High School will offer the PSAT/NMSQT on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, during the school day. This test is for all students in 10th and 11th grade. Please note that this offering is contingent upon the status of the current health emergency and any new restrictions that may be in place at that time.  The exam will run from approximately 7:30 am - 11:30 am for most students. This test can only be taken in school and there will be no make-up day.   Transportation will be provided.

    There is no fee for students to take this test, however for planning purposes, we would like to get an accurate count of students who plan on participating. Students are not required to take the PSAT for the 2020-2021 school year, however it is strongly encouraged.

    Click here to access the online participation form:

    PSAT/NMSQT Participation Form

    This deadline for submitting this participation form is Monday, January 18.

    National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test

    The PSAT/NMSQT serves as the qualifying test for juniors (Class of 2022 only) for the National Merit Scholarship Competition. Note that this scholarship is highly selective and requires strong scores to move on (maximum possible score 1520). Typically, National Merit Commended students have PSAT scores in the range of 1400+ and National Merit Semi-Finalists have PSAT scores in the range of 1490+.

    Note: Due to the timing of this test, PSAT Scores will not be released before the March 2020 SAT test date.

    Other Important Details

    • Students and proctors will be expected to wear masks throughout their time in the building. This is both a College Board and Manasquan High School Policy
    • Students need to bring a sufficient supply of pencils and erasers, as well as a calculator. We cannot distribute these to students on test day.
    • Social distancing will be in place throughout the day. Students will check-in at their assigned testing room, to eliminate crowding at check-in.
    • Specific instructions regarding arrival and departure will be distributed to students prior to the test day.
    • Score Release: Scores will be released in mid-March 2021. We expect that students will receive question-level detail on their score reports and will receive their used test booklets - but this information will not be available until mid-March, after the March 2021 SAT test administration.
    • Students with IEPs/504s: You can only receive those accommodations that have been specifically approved by the College Board prior to test day; you do not automatically receive all accommodations listed in your IEP/504. If you are unsure if you have approved accommodations, you can contact your counselor or case manager. We recommend that students who use extended time for classroom tests take the PSAT once with regular time before applying for extended time for future tests. Many students find that they do not want the extra time on the PSATs/SATs because they must sit through the entire duration of the extended time.

    Additional information about the PSAT can be found on the College Board site. Full-length practice tests are available online.

    Please contact your school counselor with additional questions,

    Best wishes,

    Lesley Kenney
    Director of School Counseling Services, K-12