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About The PSAT
The Preliminary SAT, also called the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT), is a standardized test that gives you first-hand practice for the SAT exam. The three sections tested on the PSAT are Evidence-Based Reading, Mathematics, and Writing & Language skills. The PSAT is not based on specific facts from your classes, but rather a general knowledge that you should have acquired in all of your classes over the years.
- The Total PSAT score range is 320-1520, in 10-point increments.
- Cost: $16 or Free. (Your school may charge an additional fee to cover administrative costs. Fee waiver available. Some schools cover exam costs for all students.)
- If you do not attend a school that is offering the PSAT/NMSQT, you may contact a school in your area and request to take the test there.
PSAT Section breakdown (click to expand)
1. Evidence-based Reading
- 60 minutes, 48 questions
- World Literature, Social Studies/History, Science
- 35 minutes, 44 questions
- Expression of Ideas, Standard English Conventions
- 25 minutes (no calculator), 45 minutes (with calculator), 47 questions
- Algebra, Data Analysis & Problem Solving, Advanced Math
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What is a good PSAT score?
Your scaled PSAT score in the Mathematics section will range from 160 to 760. You scaled scored in the Reading and the Writing sections is combined and will also range from 160 to 760. Therefore, your total PSAT score will range from 320 to 1520 (in 10-point increments). The average PSAT score is 920 (460 in Math and 460 in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing), while a top PSAT score (a score that will qualify you as a National Merit Scholarship semi-finalist) is between 1420 and 1480. You will typically receive your PSAT scores in December, six to eight weeks after taking the exam (see exam dates below).
Our 1-on-1 setting allows tutors to hone in on each student's particular needs & areas of struggle on the PSAT exam.
Reasons for taking the PSAT / NMSQT
- Receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. You can then focus your preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice.
- See how your performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college.
- Enter the competition for scholarships from NMSC (grade 11).
- You will become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions you will see on the SAT.
- Receive information from colleges when you check "yes" to Student Search Service.