PSAT10 Information

PSAT10 Testing Information (SOPHOMORES only)

The PSAT10 is a practice examination for the college entrance exam known as the SAT Reasoning Test. The tests measures critical thinking skills that are important for success in college, including critical reading, math problem-solving and writing skills. Taking the PSAT10 provides students with feedback regarding critical academic skills, information from colleges, scholarship opportunities, practice for the SAT Reasoning Test, and college-planning support.

PSAT10 Registration

Due to COVID 19 safety protocols and school planning, 10th grade students interested in taking the PSAT10 are required to register for the test by Friday, March 19.  Registration information was emailed directly to all Sophomore parents and students. We are unable to accept late registrations and will not accept walk-ins on the day of the exam.  

  • Due to health and safety protocols, FCPS sites cannot accept walk-ins on the day of the exam.  

On March 23rd. sent a confirmation email to the parents/guardian of students who registered for the test.  This confirmation was also sent to student FCPS Gmail accounts.  If you have questions about the PSAT10 registration at McLean High School, please contact Sara Wheeler (@email

2021 PSAT10 Student Guide

The PSAT10 Student Guide has pertinent information for testing, tips, and a practice test:

PSAT10 Day FAQs

Q. Who can test?

  • Only tenth grade students will be permitted to test on April 19, 2021. Students will register through the school, NOT through the College Board. However, please encourage your child to set up a College Board account as they will receive access to their score reports through this account. 

Q.  When/where is the PSAT10 test?

  • The PSAT10 will be administered on April 19, 2021 at McLean HS to 10th grade students who have registered for the test.  Check-in will begin at 8:00 am. Doors will close at 8:15.
  • Students who registered for the test by the March 19th deadline will be notified of their testing room assignment and door entrance assignment by email (fcpsschools.net accounts).  Encourage your child to check for updates through their school email.

Q.  Do I have to register to take this test with College Board?

  • Students were required to register for the PSAT by March 19th via the FCPS "PSAT Intent to Participate Form" sent to all McLean HS sophmores and parents via email.  Students who successfully registered for the PSAT10, received a confirmation email sent to their FCPS Gmail account.  Student should NOT register for the test via College Board.

Q.  How long is the test?

  • The PSAT10 is normally 2 hours, 55 minutes long; however, students with College Board-approved extended time will test longer. Students testing with standard time should be done around 12:00. Students testing with 50% extended time should be done at approximately 1:30.

Q.  What should my student bring to school for the PSAT10? Please note: We are not able to loan out pencils or calculators to students due to health concerns.

  • A mask that must be worn the entire time they are in the building.
  • Two or more No. 2 pencils- not mechanical
  • Graphing Calculator
  • Water and snacks. Snacks may be consumed during breaks. We request that snacks are peanut-free and carried in a clear Ziplock bag.
  • Personal Hand Sanitizer (not required)

Q. What is prohibited from testing?

  • You are not permitted to bring any electronic “smart” device such as a cell phone or wearable technology like a Smart Watch or Fitbit. Please leave these items in your car/home.

Q. Is food permitted?

  • Fairfax County will be providing a grab and go breakfast and lunch option for all students.  Snacks are allowed to be eaten during scheduled breaks. We request that snacks are peanut-free and carried in a clear Ziplock bag.  

Q.  I said “yes” for school transportation. How do I know what time the bus will pick me up?

  • If you indicated that you will need FCPS transportation, you will receive an email with bus information prior to testing.

Q.  How can my student prepare for the PSAT10?

  • The PSAT10 Student Guide (which includes a practice test) is linked above.  

Q.  What health and safety procedures are being followed ?

  • SAT, ACT, and PSAT Health and Safety Protocols – Please read the information provided on this site. This page gives you information about how the procedures are being followed at schools to ensure safety of students and staff.
  • Testers will also be receiving an email through their fcpsschools.net accounts regarding the check-in process, entrance and testing room assignments, and what to bring (and what not to bring).
  • Parents/guardians are not permitted in the building and should remain in their cars. Only students who are actually taking an exam may wait in the check-in line.
  • We also ask that testers and families dropping students off do not socialize in the parking lot or in the building. Social distancing needs to be practiced at all times on the school property as well as mask wearing.

Q.  How can my student apply for testing accommodations for the PSAT10?

Q.  When will my student receive PSAT10 scores?

  • Scores for the 2021 PSAT10 will be available on May 17th.  Students will be able to view scores via College Board’s website at https://studentscores.collegeboard.org/home.  Students who do not currently have a College Board online account will need to create one to view scores. Please see the College Board video tutorial for help accessing scores.  

    • Helping Students Who Can't Access Their Scores:  After students log in to their College Board account, they should click "Add Scores". In the "Matching Tool", it is essential that the College Board account information matches what students entered on their PSAT answer sheet. For example, if a student bubbled "Elizabeth" on her PSAT answer sheet and created her College Board account using the name "Beth", her scores will not load. If students need to change their name, they must call College Board Customer Service at 1 (866) 630-9305. All other changes can be made right in their account. It is also important that students choose the correct test name and test year.  All students should choose the 2021 as the test year (they took the exam in April 2021). 

Q.  I have a question that is not listed above – who should I contact?