• Dear FBISD 10th and 11th grade students and their parents, 


    All FBISD 10th and 11th grade students will take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) on Thursday, October 29, 2020. The PSAT/NMSQT measures the reading, writing and language, and math skills students need to be ready for college and career. 


    Parents of students that are currently using online instruction, will need to fill out the FBISD PSAT/SAT Request form by October 7th, so that we can plan accordingly for the testing day.


    FBISD PSAT/SAT Request Form



    Juniors who do well can qualify for national recognition and scholarships based on their performance on the PSAT/NMSQT®.


    Please note, calculators will only be supplied by the campus to 11th grade students who are the only level eligible for the National Merit Scholarship program.  While calculators are not essential for success on the PSAT/NMSQT, 10th grade students are encouraged to bring their own device if they wish to use one for the test since one will not be provided. Please see additional information below regarding approved calculators and their use.


    Through a partnership between Khan Academy and the College Board, full-length practice tests and thousands of practice questions are available at www.satpractice.org. By linking their Khan Academy account with their College Board account, students are able to access free, personalized practice recommendations based on previous years’ test results that are tailored to their own strengths, weaknesses, and progress. The Official SAT Practice can be accessed from any computer with Internet access, and includes practice questions that were written in collaboration with the same developers who created the SAT and PSAT.


    Students or parents with questions about the October 29th tests are encouraged to contact their school counselor for more details.


    We hope you find the Official SAT® Practice on Khan Academy helpful in preparing for this test! 


    Calculator Use and Approved Calculators:


    The PSAT/NMSQT includes 2 hours and 45 minutes of actual testing time and 15 minutes of breaks.  There will be tests in reading, writing and language, math (given in 2 portions – one with no calculator and one on which a calculator is permitted, although not required) and a variable section with questions from all three of those areas. 

    Regarding calculator use and approved calculators, the College Board states, All questions can be solved without a calculator, but a scientific or graphing calculator is recommended [for the portion of the math test on which a calculator is permitted]…….Students are encouraged to bring their own calculators. Students may NOT use:

    • Laptops or other computers, tablets, cell phones, or smartphones
    • Smartwatches or wearable technology of any kind
    • Models that can access the Internet, have wireless, Bluetooth, cellular, audio/video recording and playing, camera, or any other smart phone type feature
    • Models that have a computer-style (QWERTY) keypad, pen-input, or stylus
    • Models that use electrical outlets, make noise, or have a paper tape
    • Calculator function on a mobile phone
    • In addition, the use of hardware peripherals such as a stylus with an approved calculator is not permitted. Some models with touch-screen capability are not permitted (e.g., Casio ClassPad).



    The following calculators ARE ALLOWED on the PSAT/NMSQT Math Portion that permits calculator use.



    Radio Shack


    Texas Instruments


    FX-6000 series

    FX-6200 series

    FX-6300 series

    FX-6500 series

    FX-7000 series

    FX-7300 series

    FX-7400 series

    FX-7500 series

    FX-7700 series

    FX-7800 series

    FX-8000 series

    FX-8500 series


    FX-8700 series

    FX-8800 series

    FX-9700 series

    FX-9750 series

    FX-9860 series

    CFX-9800 series

    CFX-9850 series

    CFX-9970 series

    FX 1.0 series

    Algebra FX 2.0 series

    FX-CG-10 (PRIZM)



    Graph35 series

    Graph75 series

    Graph95 series

    Graph100 series

    FX-CG 500


    HP-28 series


    HP-39 series

    HP-40 series

    HP-48 series

    HP-49 series

    HP-50 series

    HP Prime








    EL-9200 series

    EL-9300 series

    EL-9600 series**

    EL-9900 series



    Datexx DS-883








    TI-83 Plus

    TI-83 Plus Silver

    TI-84 Plus

    TI-84 Plus CE

    TI-84 Plus Silver

    TI-84 Plus C Silver




    TI-89 Titanium


    TI-Nspire CX

    TI-Nspire CX II

    TI-Nspire CX II-T

    TI-Nspire CM-C

    TI Nspire CAS

    TI-Nspire CX CAS

    TI-Nspire CX II CAS

    TI-Nspire CX II-T CAS

    TI-Nspire CM-C  CAS

    TI-Nspire CX-C  CAS

    TI-Nspire CX II-C  CAS


    All scientific calculators are acceptable to use on the PSAT/NMSQT.  Any four-function calculator can be used (though not recommended). The following is a list of approved graphing calculators for the PSAT/NMSQT. No other graphing calculator may be used. 

    **The use of the stylus is not permitted.

    As stated above, it is recommended that students bring their own calculators, although the use of a calculator is not required since all questions can be solved without a calculator. Schools will not provide calculators on test day for 10th grade students. Calculators will be available for 11th grade students as they are the only level eligible for the National Merit Scholarship Program. It is not necessary for you to purchase a graphing calculator.  Scientific calculators, which many households already have, will be sufficient for this exam.  Also, many of them can be purchased inexpensively.


    Parents  of students that are currently using online instruction, will need to fill out the FBISD PSAT/SAT Request form by October 7th, so that we can plan accordingly for the testing day.


    FBISD PSAT/SAT Request Form





    Fort Bend ISD SEL & Enrichment Programs

    For more information about linking your College Board and Khan Academy accounts or for information about accommodations for students with disabilities, please visit the FBISD Testing/Assessment webpage.