• PSAT Testing

    Downingtown West High School will host the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) on Wednesday, October 13th. All sophomores and juniors will participate in the PSAT testing during the school day at no charge. The PSAT will begin at 7:40 a.m. and students should report to their testing rooms when they arrive at West.

    The PSAT provides critical information about a student's reading, mathematics and writing skills, and is constructed to strongly resemble the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) which most colleges require for admission purposes.

    Please Note: Only juniors will be able to potentially qualify for the National Merit Scholarships by taking the PSAT. Typically, juniors' scores on the PSAT are higher because they have completed more of the necessary coursework for success.

    By taking the PSAT, students gain the advantage of receiving detailed feedback on their skills in the different subject area tests before taking the SAT, thereby allowing them to pursue specific instruction in areas of relative weakness.

    All students who take the exam will have the opportunity to participate in the free College Board Student Search Service, which provides free materials from college and governmental scholarship programs that will inform them of different educational and financial aid opportunities.

    Once students receive their PSAT scores, they should take advantage of the My College QuickStart resource provided by the College Board. This is an online college and career planning kit available FREE to all students who take the PSAT. It is powered by their responses to the test, and provides personalized information that helps students take their next steps toward college in five areas: My Online Score Report, My SAT Study Plan, My Personality, My College Matches, and My Major & Career Matches.

    Students can access their accounts as soon as their paper score reports are received. To sign in, students need:

    • The access code printed on their PSAT/NMSQT score report. Students will be able to view their results online once they receive this access code. (These access codes will also be emailed in January to students who provided a valid email address).
    • A College Board student account--Students who do not already have an account will be prompted to create one. It typically takes less than two minutes to create a free account.

    For more information on the PSAT, visit PSAT Information. By clicking on the PSAT link you will be leaving the DASD website.