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Student Data Questionnaire Included in 2018 PSAT

September 25th, 2018

On October 10th, all students in grade 9 will take the Preliminary SAT 8/9 (PSAT 8/9) and students in grades 10-11 will take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Both assessments are aligned to the SAT and measure the skills and knowledge that are essential for college and career readiness.

A Student Data Questionnaire (SDQ) is included in both PSAT versions. The SDQ consists of basic information for reporting scores (name, student id, school, sex and birth date) and a set of optional personal questions. A full list of questions and how the information is used can be found at:

As part of the SDQ, your child will be asked if they would like to share their personal questionnaire responses with eligible colleges, universities, scholarships and educational opportunity programs (Item 14 for PSAT 8/9 and Item 15 for PSAT/NMSQT).

Please know that it is completely optional and voluntary for students to complete the questionnaire and share the information. We recommend that you review the questionnaire items with your child and discuss how you would like him/her to respond.

In addition, individual schools will: (1) inform parents of when the questionnaire will be administered in the school; and (2) provide the name of a school staff member for the parents to contact regarding opting their child out of the data sharing portion of the questionnaire.