PSAT/NMSQTPreliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test Summary of Regulations for Associates & Proctors
Security of Test Materials Security measures are designed to prevent any student from having an unfair advantage over other students. Safeguard test books at all times – before, during, and after the test and during breaks. Keep test books in sealed plastic bags until you distribute them to students at the beginning of the test. No test proctors may be a member of the household or immediate family of a student taking the test on the same date, even if the student is taking the test in a different school.
Test Day Checklist Remove (or cover) any visible classroom materials related to the test content. Establish a seating plan in advance or assign seats randomly . Do NOT allow students to choose their own seats. All students should be seated in the same direction, spaced at least four feet apart (measured from center of desk to center of desk). Display at least one visible clock. (Online timers: http://www.online-stopwatch.com) If you are administering tests to students with accommodations, review the procedures for testing special groups with your supervisor (test coordinator).
Testing Procedures • Close the test room door • Distribute test materials as indicated in the Supervisor’s Manual: • Remove the test materials from the plastic bags and give one test book and one answer sheet to each student. • Keep one answer sheet and one test book for use in giving instructions. • Make sure that no one opens a test book until told to do so. • Allow enough time for students to read the information on the front cover. • Have students write their name clearly on the front of the test book. • Ensure that all students write the Certification Statement. • Read aloud all test directions, exactly as they are printed in the Supervisor’s Manual, pages 8 – 13. • Do not answer any questions from students about the test content.
Calculator Use Math questions can be answered without a calculator. Scientific or graphing calculators are allowed. Students may not use: pocket organizers; laptops and handheld electronic devices; cell phone calculators; or calculators with a QWERTY keypad, with paper tape, that make noise or “talk,” or that require an electrical outlet. If students have calculators with large (characters of 1 inch or more) or raised displays, seat them apart from other test-takers. Students may not share calculators. Students are advised to bring their own calculator that they are familiar with.
Prohibited Aids • During the test (including breaks), students may have nothing on their desks but a test book, an answer sheet, No.2 pencils with erasers, and, for math sections only, a calculator. • Use of the following is prohibited: • Watch alarms; handheld electronic devices (including cell phones, MP3 players, PDAs and pagers); devices that can access the internet; protractors; compasses; rulers; cutting devices; dictionaries or other books; pamphlets; papers of any kind; highlighters; pens or colored pencils; listening, recording, copying or photographic devices (including watches that contain cameras); pocket organizers; laptops; digital cameras; smartphones; Blue-tooth enabled devices; email messaging devices or any other electronic or communication devices.
During the Test Walk around the room during the test to make sure each student is working alone and on the proper test section No one involved in the test administration should read, grade papers, or engage in any activity unrelated to the test administration. Notify the supervisor (test coordinator) of any unusual situations that occur as soon as possible.
Post-Test Activities Collect all answer sheets first and then collect all test booklets. No one, except the student taking the test, is to have the opportunity to examine any test book, at any time. Confirm that students wrote their names on their test books; store test books in a locked location until student score reports are received in December. Count the materials to make sure you have one answer sheet and one test book from every student. Do not dismiss the students until this is verified.