The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a standardized test administered by the College Board in the United States. It serves as a practice test for the SAT and also helps determine eligibility for the National Merit Scholarship Program.
When to take the PSAT?
The PSAT is typically taken by high school juniors in October, but some schools also offer the PSAT 10 and PSAT 8/9 for younger students.
What is covered in PSAT?
The PSAT covers reading, writing and language, and math skills. The reading and writing sections assess students' ability to analyze text, understand vocabulary in context, and use grammar and conventions correctly. The math section includes topics such as algebra, geometry, and trigonometry.
How is the PSAT scored?
The PSAT is scored on a scale of 320-1520, with separate scores for the reading, writing and language, and math sections. Additionally, students receive subscores and cross-test scores to provide more detailed information about their strengths and areas for improvement.
What is required for PSAT?
To take the PSAT, students must register through their school's guidance office and pay a fee, which varies by location. On test day, students are required to bring valid identification and a number 2 pencil. Calculators are allowed for certain portions of the test.
How long is the PSAT?
The PSAT takes 2 hours and 45 minutes to complete. There is also an optional 20-minute section for students interested in providing feedback for College Board research purposes.