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PSATS offered for free to sophomores and juniors

high school graduates San Juan Unified will be providing the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) to all 10th- and 11th-grade students next month at no cost to help promote access to Advanced Placement (AP) courses and college for all students.

The test will be administered on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at all high school sites. Score reports will be available in early December. El Camino Fundamental High School will offer the PSAT 8/9 to freshmen, and the SAT to seniors, on the same date.

This pre-college assessment is a tool for educators, students and parents to see students’ progress toward college readiness, including their potential success in rigorous coursework.

Because San Juan Unified is providing the PSAT to all 10th- and 11th-grade students:

  • Schools will be able to identify 10th-grade students with potential to succeed in AP coursework and encourage them to enroll in AP courses.
  • 11th graders can qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program.
  • Students will be able to access additional resources targeted to their areas of need before taking the SAT. This includes free targeted practice available on when students link their College Board and Khan Academy accounts.
  • The district is removing barriers to college entry for under-served populations, including low-income students and those who will be the first in their families to attend college.

To opt out of testing, please send a written correspondence to the school site administration.

The district will be coordinating with all high schools to register students for the exam. Each school’s administrators will set the testing schedule for Oct. 16 and communicate to their parents and school community. For more information, visit