The MCPS Board of Education has set aside funding in the budget to pay for all 10th graders to take the PSAT for free.
For all other MCPS students taking the PSAT, the fee from the College Board is $13.
So why are some MCPS high schools charging more than $13 for the PSAT? The Board of Education has not authorized the collection of a profit on the administration of these tests.
Here is a sample of some of the PSAT fees being charged.
BCC High School Fee: $15
Churchill High School Fee: $13
Gaithersburg High School Fee: $14
Northwest High School Fee: $13
Poolesville High School Fee: $13
Rockville High School Fee: $13
Seneca Valley High School Fee: $14
Richard Montgomery High School Fee: $13
Walter Johnson High School Fee: FREE for 10th & 11th graders! (How are they providing the PSAT for FREE to 11th graders? In the rest of the county, 11th graders have to pay a fee to take the PSAT.)
If you are paying more than $13 for your child to take the official PSAT your local school is making a profit on this "100% participation" test.
The funds collected by the local school, over and above the required PSAT fee, stay at the local school and create a slush fund for the local Principal. The "profit" on the PSAT exams in not flowing back into the MCPS Operating Budget.
1,000 students paying an extra $2 a test creates a $2,000 slush fund at the local school. How are those funds going to be used? It's anyone's guess.