PSAT Day Information

PSAT Day Information

On Wednesday, October 16, West Potomac High School will have a 2-hour early release day for all students.  High school academy courses will not be held. 

  • 9th Graders will participate in a morning of activities to support their transition to high school.  Student Services will provide more information to students, including where to report, in their Advisory class on October 7. 
  • 10th and 11th graders will take the PSAT/NMSQT exam.  Please see below for more information.  Students will receive specific testing day information including testing locations in Advisory on October 7.
  • Since regular classes will not be scheduled due to testing, 12th graders are not expected to be in the building and will be considered EXC the day PSAT is administered.  We encourage them to be academically engaged in one of the following ways:
    • Go on a college visit (not everyone has the day off so tours might be smaller)
    • Work on college applications
    • Work on job applications or other post-secondary plans
    • Service learning activities.  Use x2VOL to submit any completed hours
    • Start the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  Need assistance?  Join us as West Potomac hosts the Region 3 Financial Aid Night on Thursday September 26, 2019 at 630pm. 


Students in grades 10 and 11 will take the PSAT/NMSQT.  FCPS is covering the cost of the assessment for these students.  Only students in grade 11 are eligible to compete for the National Merit Scholarship; however, taking the PSAT/NMSQT in grade 10 provides students practice. More information about these tests is available on the CollegeBoard website:  Results will be distributed electronically by CollegeBoard with an access code emailed in December 2019. 

PSAT Pre-Survey

At the beginning of the PSAT, students are presented with a voluntary pre-survey that asks questions about a variety of topics. Parents/guardians may view the pre-survey questions and access information on how to opt out on the PSAT Pre-Survey Opt-Out Policy public webpage at: Pre-survey opt-out forms must be returned to Russell Easter, Assessment Coach, at West Potomac High School by Monday, September 30, 2019. If you choose to opt your student out of the pre-survey, please be sure your student knows they should not answer the pre-survey questions at the beginning of the test.