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What is the PSAT?
The PSAT (Preliminary SAT), or its less known name NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test), is a standardized exam used across the United States to test college readiness for sophomore or junior year high school students.
If mastered, this exam will not only allow a student to become a National Merit Scholar, but also will award the student with a generous amount of financial aid for college.
This 2-hour and 45-minutes exam (without breaks) measures how well a student is prepared for both the SAT and college by testing students on their cumulative knowledge of subjects learned in high school, like English, Math, and Science.
Students are only allowed to use a scientific calculator on one part of the Mathematics section.
The PSAT is divided into 4 different sections:
The Reading Test contains
Students have 60 minutes to complete this section.
This section tests a student’s reading comprehension level, by having the student interpret specific reading passages.
No point deductions will be given for incorrect answers.
The Writing & Language Test contains
Students have 35 minutes to complete this section.
This section tests a student’s knowledge of sentence structure, rhetoric, and English language mechanics.
No point deductions will be given for incorrect answers.
How is the PSAT scored?
Each section of the PSAT is graded form a score ranging from a 160-760. A student’s overall score will be the sum of these individual scores, which can range from 320-1520. Each question (whether multiple-choice or free-response) has the same weight, and students will only be graded on their correct answers. There is no essay requirement for the PSAT/NMSQT.
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What is on the PSAT?
The PSAT (Preliminary SAT), or its less known name NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test), is a standardized exam used across the United States to test college readiness for sophomore or junior year high school students. If mastered, this exam will not only allow a student to become a National Merit Scholar, but also will award the student with a generous amount of financial aid for college.
The PSAT is divided into two sections:
- Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
Each section is graded from a score ranging from 120 to 760, which is then added together to get a student’s total score. This final score can range from 240 to 1520. There is no essay requirement for the PSAT/NMSQT.
The first segment on the PSAT is the Reading Test, in which students need to complete 47 questions in 60 minutes. All of these questions are multiple-choice and based on a total of five reading passages which contain text, charts, graphs, and tables. These passages generally come from three major fields of interest:
- social studies
Students must use their critical thinking skills to answer questions that were either explicitly stated, or use reasoning to determine implicit significances.
The second segment on the PSAT is the Writing and Language test, in which students need to complete 44 questions in 35 minutes. Just like the Reading test, this test is also multiple-choice options and based on reading passages that contain text, charts, graphs, and tables. These passages can either be formatted as arguments or nonfiction narratives, and will pertain to topics in careers, history, humanities, science, and social studies. However, in this segment, student’s will be asked to read the given passages in order to find mistakes or weaknesses in writing. Students will then have to use their multiple-choice options to determine what the correct improvement would be to make the sentence perfect. These improvements can
In 2018, only 1% of all students who participated in the PSAT obtained a score of 1460 or higher.
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The third and fourth segments on the PSAT are both parts of the Mathematics test. However, a calculator is allowed for only one portion. The calculator math segment requires students to answer 31 questions in 45 minutes. The other math segment, which does not allow the usage of a calculator, requires students to answer 17 questions in 25 minutes. In both segments, the majority of questions will be in
A student’s composite score on the PSAT will be the sum of the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, and Mathematics scores, which can range from 320 to 1520. Each question (whether multiple-choice or free response) has the same weight, and students will only be graded on their correct answers.
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Who benefits from PSAT tutoring?
The PSAT/NMSQT is the first standardized exam that focuses on
However, many students already have a large number of extracurricular obligations, which may adversely affect the time to prepare for the PSAT. This can leave students feeling stressed and anxious, especially since the PSAT commands a great deal of material from different subjects. In this situation, students would benefit from working with a skilled and professional PSAT tutor from The Glaser Tutoring Company.
A skilled in-home or online PSAT tutor will make sure that the students are completely prepared for the PSAT/NMSQT, as their teaching methods will be completely catered to the students’ unique learning style to obtain maximal absorption and retention of the required PSAT material. Also, a dependable PSAT tutor will be able to communicate factual knowledge to their students in an entertaining and enjoyable manner, promoting the confidence and self-assurance needed to master the PSAT exam.