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  • More Than Just Practice

    The PSAT is a great a way to get some early practice for the SAT and get comfortable with standardized tests. Plus it's the qualifying test for National Merit Scholarship. Here's a brief overview of the PSAT test information.

  • PSAT
     quick facts
    frequency2 test dates in October
    duration2 hours 10 minutes
    sectionsmath, critical reading, writing
    cost$14
    max. score80 in each section; 240 overall
    avg. score141 for 11th graders

    What is the PSAT and why is it important?

    The PSAT is a nationwide, multiple-choice test taken by about 3.4 million high school students every year–mostly sophomores and juniors. A great primer for the SAT® and even the ACT®, the PSAT includes math, critical reading and writing questions. However, with no algebra II or essay section, it is shorter than the SAT and ACT.

    The PSAT doesn't count towards your college admissions. However, it is the qualifying test for National Merit Scholarships. That means that the highest scoring students may win scholarship money. So while you shouldn't stress about the PSAT, you also shouldn't ignore it.

    What specifically does the PSAT test?

    Similar to the SAT, the PSAT has three sections that cover Math, Critical Reading, and Writing. However, it is shorter than the SAT taking (a mere) 2 hours and 10 minutes. Learn more about the PSAT test.

    How is the PSAT scored?

    Its three sections: Critical Reading, Math and Writing are each worth 20 to 80 points.

    How do I register?

    Sign up at your high school or at a school in your community.

    How can I prepare?

    We can help. We have prep courses for every student and every budget.