College Board: Access to ‘My College Quick Start’ for PSAT

Students taking the PSAT/NMSQT on or after 2006 can access ‘My College QuickStart’, a free personalized college and career planning kit based on their test results.

ADVISORY: Students will be required to enter some of the same personal information on the College Board web site that they provided when they registering for the PSAT. (That is how the web site verifies the student identity and authorizes the registration.)
Enter only that information that is required for registration. If you have any concerns or questions, please contact Nan McDaniel at the District Office.

Here’s how to get started:

1. Students will create an account on the College Board site. First, be sure they have their PSAT Score Report printout and the following information prepared in advance:

  • The access code (or ‘Student Copy’ number) on the PSAT/NMSQT® paper score report
  • An email address (required – see note #1 below for students that do not have personal email accounts)
  • A username (see note #2 below for recommendation)
  • A password (see note#2 below for recommendation)
  • The school code, their test year, and their graduation year
  • Street address and zip code

2. The My College Quick Start welcome page is located here, or, you can save a step and go directly to the registration page by clicking here to create the College Board account. The form is self-explanatory and will take just a few minutes to complete, especially if they have the info mentioned above at hand.

3. When the account is successfully set up the student will be directed to the ‘My College QuickStart’ sign-in page where the Test Year and Access Code are needed to login. Complete the required contact information to verify the student’s identity and click submit to access the services.

>> Navigation tip: Mouse over the four major sections in the student’s My College QuickStart home page to reveal a ‘preview’ of the content and services offered there. And note the ‘Popular Tools for Juniors’ toolbox on the right margin with links to other resources.

My College QuickStart includes these features:

  • My Online Score Report – An enhanced score report that allows you to review each test question, your answer, and the correct answer with answer explanations.
  • My SAT Study Plan – A customized SAT study plan based on your PSAT/NMSQT test performance, highlighting skills for review and practice (see note #3 below).
  • My College Matches – A starter list of colleges based on your home state and indicated choice of major.
  • My Major & Career Matches – Personalized lists of majors and careers plus access to a personality assessment that suggests other compatible possibilities.
  • The Financial Aid Easy Planner – A tool to determine how much college will cost, how much can be saved, how much can the student and family afford to pay, how much to borrow, and what scholarships are available.

Notes:

1) If a student does not have a personal email address, then we recommend using a temporary ‘dummy’ email address (using a standard format) as a temporary expedient for the purpose of registration only. Have students use the following convention to create a dummy email address if needed: <the student’s first initial, middle initial and graduation year combined>@spart7.org which will look like jrdoe12@spart7.org

Important: Once the student has acquired a personal email address they will need to logon to the site and update their contact information with a valid email address. A valid email address is needed for resetting site passwords and receiving SAT tickets, among other things.

2) Recommended convention for username and password:

Username – The student’s first initial, middle initial and abbreviated graduation year combined, as in jrdoe12
Password – The student’s username with the full graduation year, as in jrdoe2012 (We add the ’20’ because the username and password can not be the same)
Note – This username and password combination consists of just two well-known elements: the student’s name and graduation year. Hopefully that will prevent forgotten usernames and passwords.

3) The following is quoted from the site: “When you take the PSAT/NMSQT in high school, you’ll have complete access to My SAT Study Plan – a personalized study agenda based on your PSAT/NMSQT information.” So it appears that students taking the PSAT in 8th-grade do not have access to the SAT Study Plan…