Did Your Junior Miss the PSAT exam?

It’s more common for homeschoolers to miss the PSAT exam than it is for traditionally schooled kids but it can and does happen (kid gets sick OR your school doesn’t offer it at all!)

Why do I push the PSAT? Because there’s huge money at stake!! 15,000 finalists, 8000 scholars. 
there are colleges that offer 1/2 tuition all the way through a full ride  this is one you don’t want to miss as your kid is only competing with his own state. (Also, both of my homeschooled kids won $$$$ from this scholarship.)

So what to do next?

It must be in junior year.

There are alternate PSAT test dates this month. One is tomorrow. The other in a couple of weeks. You register your child through the school that is offering it. You’ll call the school and ask for the counselor about the PSAT exam. So they would (a) have to say yes your kid can come and test with us and (b) have an extra test to offer. (The cost is about $30).

You would have to go to the college board website and look for the list of schools hosting the PSAT in your area.  



Find schools here:


It also shows which DATE the school is offering it.


This is in the PSAT instructions if all dates are missed or the alternates aren’t available in your area.: 



“Unable to Take the PSAT/NMSQT?

If you do not take the 2022 PSAT/NMSQT because of illness, an emergency, or other extenuating circumstance, you may still be able to enter the 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program. To request information about another route of entry after the Fall 2022 PSAT/NMSQT administration, write to NMSC as soon as possible but no later than April 1, 2023. The alternate entry request should include your name and home address, the contact information of the person making the request, the name and address of your high school, and a brief explanation of why you missed the test. Do not delay; the earlier you write, the more options you will have for scheduling test dates.

Mail your request to: 

National Merit Scholarship Corporation Attn: Scholarship Administration

1560 Sherman Avenue, Suite 200 Evanston, IL 60201-4897


Your letter must be postmarked on or before April 1, 2023, for your request to be considered.


I would get that letter submitted in the next week, since you have to wait for a response. They may allow an SAT exam or offer an alternate PSAT test date being held in your area if there is one.


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