Posted: Friday, August 11, 2023

Greenville County Schools is offering the PSAT/NMSQT testing opportunity for grade 8, grade 10, and grade 11 students who are currently enrolled in Greenville County’s schools (in-person and virtual students) and homeschool students in Greenville County’s attendance area. Students will test at the school they attend or are zoned to attend. This year, the PSAT/NMSQT will be administered digitally. All students will test using district-owned devices, such as Chromebooks. Each school will schedule testing from October 16-27.

All interested students or parents/guardians must sign up to participate in PSAT/NMSQT testing at their school from August 21-September 1 and pay the designated test fee, if applicable. For students who are currently enrolled in Greenville County’s schools (in-person and virtual students), your school will communicate sign-up procedures, including applicable fees, in August. For homeschool students, please carefully review the information below.


Sign-Up Information for Homeschool Students Only

Requirements for Homeschool Student Participation

  • The student participates in a homeschooling program.
  • The student must live in Greenville County’s attendance area, verified by the school during the sign-up process (e.g., driver’s license, utility bill).
    • Grade 8 students’ parents/guardians must sign up in person at the middle school at which the student is zoned to attend only.
    • Grade 10 and 11 students or their parents/guardians must sign up in person at the high school at which the student is zoned to attend only. 

Sign-Up Process for Homeschool Students Only

  • Sign-Up Window: August 21-September 1 
  • Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (No sign-ups will be accepted after 3:30 p.m. on September 1, 2023)
  • Location: Student’s zoned school
  • Contact: Student’s zoned school
  • Cost: The fee is determined by the College Board and must be paid at the time of sign-up. This non-refundable fee must be paid in cash only and the exact amount is required as schools may not be able to make change. Ensure your child’s availability within the testing window (October 16-27) before signing up.
    • Grade 8 - $13.16
    • Grade 10 - $13.16
    • Grade 11 - $11.02
  • If testing accommodations are needed for students with disabilities, parents/guardians are responsible for completing the accommodations submission process directly with College Board. Accommodations must be approved by College Board’s Services for Students with Disabilities in order for the accommodations to be provided for the PSAT/NMSQT. Parents/Guardians are required to supply accommodation approvals received from the College Board during the sign-up process only. This allows the school to complete the necessary registration steps and plan for testing. 
  • Grade 8 student participation requires a parent/guardian permission letter to be signed. This form will be available at the school during the sign-up process.
  • Each student will need to bring a photo ID (e.g., drivers license, passport) on test day in order to take the test. If a student does not have a photo ID available for test day, the school will supply a Student ID form at the time of sign-up. 
    • The Student ID form may be completed by the school if the student is present and supplies an appropriate photo at the time of the sign-up (August 21-September 1). The student’s photograph must closely resemble the student’s appearance on test day and meet College Board’s requirements below. This form must be completed in the presence of the school staff or a notary. 

College Board’s Photo Requirements

The student photo must:

  • Show only the student - no other people are visible.
  • Show a head-and-shoulders view with the entire face, both eyes, and hair clearly visible (a head covering worn for religious purposes is acceptable).
  • Is properly focused with no dark spots or shadows.
  • Is an original photo, not a copy.
  • Is not altered in any way using media filters, lenses, or icons. 

Homeschool: Things to Know or Do After Sign-Up is Complete

  • After the sign-up window is closed, students will be assigned a day to come to the school to complete the Digital Readiness Check, as required by College Board, and a testing day (October 16-27). 
    • During the required Digital Readiness Check session, students will complete the exam set-up process, including agreeing to test-taker rules, providing test-taker information, and signing up for College Board’s optional BigFuture School and Connections services. 
  • The School Test Coordinator (STC) will email the parent/guardian on or before September 15 with testing specifics (e.g., Digital Readiness Check information, test date, time of arrival).
  • All participants are expected to follow the district’s Behavior Code and Acceptable Use policies while on the school campus and using district-owned devices for testing. Failure to follow these policies will likely result in dismissal from the test session, cancellation of scores, or other consequences/sanctions as outlined in the GCS Board Policies and/or College Board Policies.   
  • Students must create a Student College Board account in order to receive test scores. 
    • Per College Board, instead of answering the question, “Where do you go to school?” the student should check the box next to “I am no longer in high school/My school is not listed.”
    • Neither the school nor the district will handle the student account or receive test scores for homeschool students.

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