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The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a standardized test administered by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) in the United States.
The PSAT is a recommended exam for students who plan to apply to college. Many students take the PSAT in October of their junior year of high school. High scores on the PSAT can lead to scholarships, including about 9,000 National Merit Scholarships.
The PSAT is similar to the SAT that students take for college admissions. The PSAT is a shorter exam than the SAT, and includes only five sections. There is no experimental section on the PSAT, nor is there an essay or higher-level Algebra. PSAT scores should indicate how much preparation a student needs before taking the SAT test later in the junior year and perhaps again in the senior year.
The PSAT questions are divided into four sections 2 Math sections and 2 English sections.
|Reading||47||60 minutes||Main Ideas, Details, Inferences, Word Meanings, Author’s Purpose and Tone, Opinions and Arguments, Predictions|
|Writing||44||35 minutes||Vocabulary, Verbal Reasoning, Ability to Relate Ideas Logically|
|Quantitative (Math)||31 (Calculator allowed)||45 minutes||Number Concepts and Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, Data Analysis, Probability|
|Quantitative (Math)||17 (Calculator not allowed)||25 minutes||Number Concepts and Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, Data Analysis, Probability|
Total testing time is 2 hours and 45 minutes.
For the 2017-18 testing year the PSAT test dates are:
- Primary test day: Wednesday, October 11
- Saturday test day: October 14
- Alternate test day: Wednesday, October 25
For PSAT 10, Schools choose a date between February 21 and April 14, 2017.
PSAT scores are calculated in much the same way as the new SAT scores:
- Students earn 1 point for each question answered correctly.
- Students neither lose nor gain points for questions answered incorrectly.
- Students neither lose nor gain points for questions that are skipped.
The PSAT is divided into two sections: Math and Evidence-Based Reading & Writing. Because there is no penalty for guessing, a student’s raw score for both of the main test areas is the number of questions answered correctly. Raw scores are then converted to scaled scores ranging between 160 and 760 (760 is the highest possible score for each section). The raw scores are added together for the total PSAT score, or Selection Index, which ranges between 320 and 1520.
A score over 1070 is considered a good score.
You can take the PSAT sample test at any of our centers for FREE to assess your skills or you can also take the Practice PSAT here: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/practice/full-length-practice-tests
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