• The PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) is an elective test offered to any interested sophomore and junior. It is an assessment of students' verbal, mathematics and writing skills and is considered practice for the SAT.

    The test is also known as the PSAT/NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) because, although sophomore and juniors take the same exam, juniors who perform well on the PSAT may receive special recognition and/or be eligible for scholarship money for college through the National Merit Scholarship Program. For more information:

    This year, we will administer the PSAT/NMSQT at Deerfield High School on Wednesday, October 10, 2018.

    Also, on April 9, 2019, all 9th and 10th graders will take the PSAT 8/9 or PSAT 10 as part of a state-mandated accountability and progress measure. These tests are required, and, as a result, no classes will be held on this day. Classes, on the following day, April 10, will start late in order to allow students receiving test accommodations to properly finish testing.

    District 113 is committing to the SAT suite of assessments (PSAT, PSAT 8/9, PSAT 10, and SAT) as our students’ performances over these annual experiences will provide valuable longitudinal data regarding skill development and potential curricular gaps. Furthermore, the state of Illinois has now adopted the SAT as our students’ accountability measure each spring. Experience with the SAT suite of assessments stands as good preparation for this measure. You may contact Ken Williams (, Assistant Principal for any questions you have regarding these assessments.


    October PSAT Letter (9/18/17)