PSAT Pre-Survey Information

  • About the PSAT

    Each October, Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) ninth, tenth, and eleventh grade students take the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT). Ninth grade students take the PSAT 8/9, which is specifically designed for eighth and ninth graders. Tenth and eleventh graders take the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).  The PSAT is an assessment product of the College Board. Click here to learn more about the PSAT.

    Pre-Survey Opt-Out

    At the beginning of the PSAT, students are administered a voluntary pre-survey that asks questions about a variety of topics. Student participation in this pre-survey is not required to take the test. Parents and guardians may opt-out of having their students complete the pre-survey portion of the PSAT. When choosing to opt-out, it is important to communicate this decision to the student so he or she knows not to answer pre-survey questions. 

    Purpose of Pre-Survey

    The PSAT 8/9 pre-survey questions (#14-20) are designed by the College Board to help connect students with educational access organizations, such as the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program, the Jackie Robinson Foundation, United Negro College Fund, and Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Answers to these questions may be shared with educational access organizations to provide you with information about educational opportunities, extracurricular activities, outreach programs, and financial aid. The College Board strongly recommends that students answer all pre-survey questions, because the answers:

    • Guide school counselors in helping students plan their future. 
    • Help the College Board ensure that the PSAT assessments are fair and accurate for all students. 

    The PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) pre-survey questions (#15-23) are designed by the College Board to help connect students with colleges and additional scholarship opportunities. Through Student Search Service, answers to these questions may be shared with nonprofit educational organizations. The College Board strongly recommends that students answer all pre-survey questions, because the answers:

    • Guide school counselors in helping students plan their future. 
    • Help the College Board ensure that the PSAT assessments are fair and accurate for all students. 

     

    PSAT Confidentiality

    The College Board may send responses to some questions to a student's middle/high school, their school division, and the state. Institutions that receive a student's PSAT/NMSQT information are required to keep it confidential and to follow College Board guidelines for using information.

    Previewing Questions

    Parents and guardians may preview the pre-survey question content and instructions to aid in their decision on whether to opt-out. Parents and guardians who choose to opt-out from pre-survey participation for their students should complete and return the opt-out form to the school by early October.

    The PSAT pre-survey questions and description of purpose are copyright of the College Board and are used here with permission.

     

    PSAT 8/9 Pre-Survey Questions

    Pre-Survey Questions and Instructions (#14-20)

    Text in italics below represents information provided in the Student Answer Sheet Instructions. Text in bold represents language displayed on the answer sheet itself. 

    Question 14: Educational Opportunities

    Instructions: Fill in the appropriate bubble to opt in to or out of educational opportunities. Educational access organizations can inform you of certain opportunities, such as extracurricular activities, outreach programs, and financial aid. Would you like us to supply your name, zip code, and email address for these purposes? Fill in "Yes" if you wish to share your information through the College Board. Otherwise, fill in "No."

    Would you like the College Board to supply your name, zip code, and email address with educational access organizations, as described in the Student Answer Sheet Instructions? 

              Yes         No

     

    Question 15: Racial/Ethnic Group

    Instructions: Answer both questions about Hispanic origin and about race. For these questions about your identity, Hispanic origins are not races.

    A. Are you of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin? (You may mark all that apply.)

    • No, not of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin
    • Yes, Cuban
    • Yes, Mexican
    • Yes, Puerto Rican
    • Yes, another Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin

    B. What is your race? (You may mark all that apply.)

    • American Indian or Alaska Native
    • Asian (including Indian subcontinent and Philippines origin)
    • Black or African American (including African and Afro-Caribbean origin)
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander
    • White (including Middle Eastern origin)

     

    Question 16: Language Background

    Instructions: Answer both questions about your language background. 

    A. What language did you learn to speak first? (Mark only one.)

    • English only
    • English and another language
    • Another language

    B. What language do you know best? (Mark only one.)

    • English only
    • English and another language
    • Another language

     

    Question 17: Grade Point Average

    Instructions: Indicate your cumulative grade point average for all academic subjects in middle or high school. If you don't know your exact grade point average, give your best estimate.  

    • A+ (97-100)
    • A (93-96)
    • A- (90-92)
    • B+ (87-89)
    • B (83-86)
    • B- (80-82)
    • C+ (77-79)
    • C (73-76)
    • C- (70-72)
    • D+ (67-69)
    • D (65-66)
    • E or F (below 65)

     

    Question 18: Military Relation

    Instructions: Please indicate if you have a parent or guardian in the military. Mark all that apply.   

    • I have a parent/guardian who is on active duty in the U.S. military.
    • I have a parent/guardian who is in the National Guard or the Reserves.
    • I have a parent/guardian who was in the U.S. military but is not serving now. 
    • Neither of my parents/guardians has a current military connection. 

     

    Question 19: Email Address

    Include all letters, numbers, and symbols. By providing your email address, if you are 13 or over, you are granting College Board permission to contact you or your parent/guardian via email.   

     

    Question 20: Mobile Number

    U.S. students only: By providing your mobile number, you agree to receive text messages from the College Board about surveys and/or to receive free college planning services. Text HELP for help, STOP to cancel. Message and Data Rates May Apply. Approximately six (6) messages per month. See Mobile Opt-In Policies for College Board's Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions. 

     

     

    PSAT NMSQT Pre-Survey Questions

    Pre-Survey Questions and Instructions (#15-23)

    Text in italics below represents information provided in the Student Answer Sheet Instructions. Text in bold represents language displayed on the answer sheet itself. 

     

    Question 15: Student Search Service

    Instructions: Fill in the appropriate bubble to opt in to or out of Student Search Service (if you opt in, your email address will be included in your record). Student Search Service is a free, voluntary program that connects students with opportunities from colleges, universities, scholarship programs, and nonprofit educational organizations. By marking "Yes," you understand that your responses to Questions 16-22 will be kept by the College Board and may be shared with approved educational organizations that participate in Student Search Service. Would you like us to supply your information for these purposes? Fill in "Yes" if you wish to share your information through Student Search Service. Otherwise, fill in "No."

    Student Search Service is a free, voluntary program that connects students with opportunities from colleges, universities, scholarship programs, and nonprofit educational organizations. Would you like to opt in? 

              Yes         No

    If you do not answer and previously opted to participate in this service, we will continue providing your information.

     

    Question 16: Racial/Ethnic Group

    Instructions: Answer both questions about Hispanic origin and about race. For these questions about your identity, Hispanic origins are not races.

    A. Are you of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin? (You may mark all that apply.)

    • No, not of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin
    • Yes, Cuban
    • Yes, Mexican
    • Yes, Puerto Rican
    • Yes, another Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin

    B. What is your race? (You may mark all that apply.)

    • American Indian or Alaska Native
    • Asian (including Indian subcontinent and Philippines origin)
    • Black or African American (including African and Afro-Caribbean origin)
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander
    • White (including Middle Eastern origin)Instructions:

     

    Question 17: Language Background

    Answer both questions about your language background.

    A. What language did you learn to speak first? (Mark only one.)

    • English only
    • English and another language
    • Another language

    B. What language do you know best? (Mark only one.)

    • English only
    • English and another language
    • Another language

     

    Question 18: Grade Point Average

    Instructions: Indicate your cumulative grade point average for all academic subjects in high school. If you don't know your exact grade point average, give your best estimate.  

    • A+ (97-100)
    • A (93-96)
    • A- (90-92)
    • B+ (87-89)
    • B (83-86)
    • B- (80-82)
    • C+ (77-79)
    • C (73-76)
    • C- (70-72)
    • D+ (67-69)
    • D (65-66)
    • E or F (below 65)

     

    Questions 19-20: Special Questions

    Question 19: Parents'/Guardians' Level of Education

    Instructions: Indicate the highest level of education of your parent/guardian. If you have two parents/guardians, indicate the level of education for your other parent/guardian in the bubbles that correspond with "B."

    A. Parent/Guardian 1

    • Grade school
    • Some high school
    • High school diploma or equivalent
    • Vocational or trade school
    • Some college
    • Associate or two-year degree
    • Bachelor's of four-year degree
    • Some graduatee or professional school
    • Graduate or professional degree

    B. Parent/Guardian 2

    • Grade school
    • Some high school
    • High school diploma or equivalent
    • Vocational or trade school
    • Some college
    • Associate or two-year degree
    • Bachelor's of four-year degree
    • Some graduate or professional school
    • Graduate or professional degree

     

    Question 20: Military Relation

    Instructions: Please indicate if you have a parent or guardian in the military. Mark all that apply.   

    • I have a parent/guardian who is on active duty in the U.S. military.
    • I have a parent/guardian who is in the National Guard or the Reserves.
    • I have a parent/guardian who was in the U.S. military but is not serving now. 
    • Neither of my parents/guardians has a current military connection. 

     

    Question 21: College Major

    Instructions: You don't need to know what your college major will be, just indicate a major or area of study that interests you. Use the College Majors by Academic Area of Study list to answer this question. Write in the code number, and fill in the appropriate bubble under each digit. If you're not sure, please fill in number 999 (Undecided). 

     

    Question 22: Email Address

    Include all letters, numbers, and symbols. By providing your email address, you are granting the College Board and NMSC permission to contact you via email. Your address will be added to your Student Search Service record if you opted in to this service. Parent and guardian email addresses will only be used by the College Board.  

    This email address is...

              Mine         A Parent's/Guardian's

     

    Question 23: Mobile Number

    U.S. students only: By providing your mobile number, you agree to receive text messages from the College Board about surveys and/or to receive free college planning services. Text HELP for help, STOP to cancel. Message and Data Rates May Apply. Approximately six (6) messages per month. See Mobile Opt-In Policies for College Board's Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions. 

    The PSAT pre-survey questions and description of purpose are copyright of the College Board and are used here with permission. 

     

    From the College Board:

    The College Board has a deep respect for student privacy, and we are committed to protecting it. We are a signatory, with more than 200 K-12 school service providers and education leaders, of the Pledge to Safeguard Student Privacy, a public commitment for the responsible collection and use of student data. You can learn more here, including about the principles that ensure our commitment to privacy. It details what is collected and how we use the information collected.

    Additionally, here are answers to some questions we frequently receive.

     

    Q: Does the College Board sell student data?

    The College Board does not sell student data. Through Student Search Service, students may participate in a voluntary program that connects students with information about educational and financial aid opportunities from nearly 1700 colleges, universities, scholarship programs and educational organizations. When students take the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10, they are asked if they want to participate.  By opting in, they give the College Board permission to share their name and limited information with college and scholarship programs looking for students like them. The College Board never shares social security number, actual test scores, self-reported parental income, disabilities, or phone numbers as part of Student Search Service. Participation is completely voluntary and students can opt out at any time. Eligible institutions sign a license agreement with the College Board, and the College Board consistently monitors their use of student information for compliance. After a five year term, the institutions must permanently destroy the data. 

     

    Q: Does the College Board make unsolicited phone calls or send unsolicited texts?

    We do not send students text messages or emails or call them on the phone unless they specifically opt in to the communication.

     

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Last Modified on December 29, 2020