A 9th grader *can* take the PSAT, but I almost never recommend it.
The PSAT can be taken at a local public or private high school. The PSAT is a VERY cheap test, and if testing is required by state law, it can usually meet that requirement. However, the PSAT does have Geometry and Algebra 2. It can be very discouraging for a kid to take a test and not have any chance of getting a good score. As homeschoolers, we try to encourage our children to do their best, and may want them to get 90% or more on tests or we get upset. But on the PSAT, if they don't have the math they CAN'T score well. I worry that taking it too early can cause more test anxiety. That's why I rarely recommend it.
The schools can choose to allow homeschoolers or not - it's up to them. I have not heard of a school preventing a 9th grader from taking the PSAT.
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