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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.