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​​DUSD Cancels PSAT Testing Scheduled for January 26

​January 13, 2021

DUSD Community,

Due to the increase in positive COVID-19 cases in the state, our desire to protect the health and safety of our students and staff, the extension of the Stay-at-Home order, and difficulty in securing test proctors under these conditions, the Dublin Unified School District has canceled the PSAT test originally scheduled for January 26, 2021. At this time, the College Board has not scheduled any future PSAT/NMSQT examinations this school year.

Alternate Path for National Merit Scholarship Program
We understand that many students leverage the PSAT as a qualifying test for the National Merit® Scholarship Program. We are relieved to inform you that the College Board recognizes and understands the challenges of completing the PSAT in a Distance Learning format and has made appropriate accommodations. Students who wish to participate in the National Merit Scholarship Program have the opportunity to take the SAT in June 2021 and have the PSAT/NMSQT questions extracted to create a score that can be used to qualify students for National Merit awards. For more information, go to Alternate Entry to the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Many colleges have eliminated the admissions testing requirement due to a wide-spread national lack of availability. You may monitor the FairTest website to determine which colleges are test-optional or test-blind (meaning the college will not consider the test score even if provided) for the class of 2022. While the PSAT is the official practice for the SAT, there are other ways to practice available on the College Board’s website and via the College Board’s relationship with Khan Academy.

Canceling the PSAT scheduled for January 26, 2021, will allow the district and our community to play their part in minimizing the spread of COVID-19, while at the same time allow students to spend more time preparing for the SAT test in June. 

If you have any questions, please contact Maureen Byrne (, who is serving as the PSAT/NMSQT coordinator for Dublin and Valley High Schools.


Matt Campbell
Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services
Dublin Unified School District