The College Board

Program Services

The College Board will administer and provide resources for GEAR UP students to take the PSAT and PSAT/NMSQT during appropriate times during middle and high school.

  • PSAT™ 8/9
    Taken in the fall of ninth grade, PSAT™ 8/9 serves as a foundation for understanding student progress as they enter high school and ensuring that they are on target for being college and career ready by the time they leave high school. Scores range from 120 to 720 for each of the Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing sections. 
  • PSAT™ 10 and PSAT/NMSQT®
    Both exams cover the same content domain and serve as a “check-in” on student progress and pinpoints areas for development. Students will take the PSAT/NMSQT in the fall of tenth grade (though only eleventh graders are eligible for the National Merit Scholarship Program). Instead of delivering the PSAT/NMSQT to tenth graders in the fall, some schools may instead deliver the PSAT™ 10 in the spring. PSAT 10 and PSAT/NMSQT scores range from 160 to 760 for each of the Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing sections. The PSAT/NMSQT will be administered to NYGEAR UP in the fall of their sophomore year.


Matt Zarro,
Director, K-12 Services
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