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August 17, 2021

PSAT/NMSQT Registration

AHS is pleased to offer the PSAT/NMSQT to juniors and sophomores on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is a multiple choice test that measures verbal and mathematical reasoning abilities important for college success.  There is a sixty-minute reading section, a thirty-five minute writing/language section, a twenty-five minute no-calculator math section, and a forty-five minute calculator math section. This test is optional for students.

More than one million high school students take the exam each year.  High test scores will earn juniors the opportunity to enter the scholarship competition administered by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.  Taking the PSAT/NMSQT as a junior is the only way a student may enter the National Merit Scholarship competition. Sophomores are offered the opportunity to test as practice, which may help them with future testing. Additionally, some private scholarships offered by businesses and colleges are based on PSAT scores.

Students who would like to view test  information may access the following website:

The October 13th test is a national test date determined by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation and is the only date that AHS will be giving the exam.  Exams will be administered on the AHS campus while adhering to social distancing guidelines. October 13th is a late start Wednesday; however, PSAT/NMSQT tests will begin promptly at 7:45 AM.  Students who have registered for the PSAT/NMSQT may enter AHS at 7:20 AM for check-in.

For all juniors and sophomores who do not register for the PSAT/NMSQT, the October 13th school day will begin in the afternoon.

If your student wishes to take the PSAT/NMSQT on October 13th, please go to TouchBase to register and pay before August 30th.  Fees for late registration will be assessed as indicated on registration information on the back of this letter.

If your student qualifies for testing accommodations through their IEP or 504 please contact Ms. Vos via email at  Ms. Vos will apply for accommodations and receive approval by the College Board.  The deadline for you or your student to request accommodations is August 23, 2021 at midnight. If requesting accommodations after August 23rd, we cannot guarantee there will be enough time to receive approval from the College Board. For more information you may click on the link College Board, PSAT accommodations.

Please feel free to contact the counseling department at 515-965-9630 with additional questions.


AHS Counselors, Audrey Bell A-E, Mici Vos F-L, David Patterson M-R, Kelly Andrews S-Z.



Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test

National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test

 Registration at TouchBase

  • Log in and navigate to select your student at the top to whom you wish to register for the PSAT Exam.
  • More detailed directions linked here
    • What: Multiple choice tests that measure verbal and mathematical reasoning abilities.  There is a 60 minute reading section, a 35 minute writing/language section, a 25 minute non-calculator math section and a 45 minute calculator math section.
    • When: Wednesday, October 13 promptly @ 7:45 AM students must be in their assigned classrooms by 7:40 AM
    • Where: AHS: Students will be assigned to specific classrooms for testing.
    • Bring: Several #2 pencils and a Photo I.D.  You may use a four-function, scientific, or graphing calculator on one math section. Students will not be allowed to share calculators. NO Mechanical Pencils or Pens.



Regular Registration (August 16 – August 30)………. .. ..$20

Late Registration (August 31 – September 3)………….. $30

*Register at TouchBase

SOPHOMORES:  This is practice for taking the PSAT/NMSQT as a junior.  It is also practice for taking the SAT tests for college placement.  Recent trends have indicated that sophomores who take the test can be placed in an advantageous position when taking the tests as a junior.  Because this test is the qualifier for the National Merit Scholarship competition, juniors will be given priority if a shortage of exams occurs.  Please register during the regular registration dates.

JUNIORS:  Earning very high scores on the PSAT/NMSQT is the only way a student may enter competition for the National Merit Scholarship.  Juniors may also qualify for scholarships and enrichment programs that use PSAT/NMSQT results, i.e., Achievement Scholarships, and National Hispanic Scholar Awards.