Test Sign-Up

Students may register for the PSAT 8/9 either online or by paper application. Students new to Duke TIP should complete the online 4th–6th Grade Talent Search enrollment, which includes the option to register for PSAT 8/9 testing, or submit a PSAT 8/9 paper application with their paper Talent Search application. We have filled all of the PSAT 8/9 testing waiver spaces for the 2017–2018 academic year. Students interested in testing may still register, but will be required to pay the $42 testing fee.  

Enroll Now

You must register by the deadlines noted below to take the PSAT 8/9 this year. Some test centers fill to capacity, so don’t delay. But remember if you are enrolling in Duke TIP this year and are currently in fourth or fifth grade, you will have an opportunity to take the PSAT 8/9 next year.

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Test Date
Paper Registration Postmark Deadline
Online Enrollment Deadline

January 20, 2018

Friday, December 1, 2017

Monday, December 11, 2017

February 10, 2018

Friday, December 29, 2017

Monday, January 8, 2018

February 11, 2018

Friday, December 29, 2017

Monday, January 8, 2018

Deadlines are midnight eastern time.

Make-up dates of February 24 and February 25 have been established and are only used for test centers that close for inclement weather. Be sure to also check these dates on your calendar when registering for the test. Students who miss testing due to individual schedule conflicts or illness may not use these dates.

Test center locations

To find a test center that is convenient to you, use the drop-down menu below. Though it’s not required, we strongly recommend that you select a second test center—if your first choice is full, you will be assigned to your second choice. If both choices are full, the testing agency will assign you to the next closest center.

If you are an educator and your school is interested in hosting testing, please contact us by email at psat89tip@tip.duke.edu.

Use our test center locator to find a test center near you:

After registering for the PSAT 8/9, be sure to watch your email for the test assignment confirmation from the College Board. You will need this for admission to the testing center.

Services for students with disabilities (SSD)

There are a number of different reasons why some students may need accommodations for a standardized exam like the PSAT 8/9. We work with the College Board to ensure those special accommodations are provided. However, testing accommodations may only be considered with respect to IEP or 504 Plan accommodations that are currently in use by the student for state-mandated testing, as a result of a professionally documented diagnosis.

For 2017–2018, accommodations offered and the corresponding codes are:

  • 002: 14-point test book
  • 003: 20-point test book
  • 008: Braille test (includes graphs and figures)
  • 011: Reader script (order one for each person who will serve as a reader)
  • 016: Reading +50 percent (time and a half)*
  • 018: Mathematical calculations +50 percent (time and a half)*
  • 042: Permission for food or medication (typically for diabetic students)
  • 043: Wheelchair access
  • 051: Preferential seating
  • 053: Use of colored overlay or lenses
  • 066: Use of auditory amplification/FM system
  • 150: Assistive tech compatible format

*Students who receives a special accommodation that includes extra time, must stay for the entirety of their allotted time, even if they complete the test early.

Students qualify for the 4th–6th Grade Talent Search by achieving a score in the 95th percentile or higher on a qualifying exam. Once enrolled, for a onetime fee, they receive access to benefits until the end of sixth grade, including optional above-level testing; enrichment activities like the book club, writing and illustration contest, and specialized publications; and eligibility to apply to TIP’s educational programs.