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Student Data Questionnaire Included in 2019 PSAT

September 24th, 2019

On October 16, 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. Information on the data collected and how it can be used by CollegeBoard is located in the following student guides:

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).

It is 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 them 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.

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