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Is the PSAT generally easier than the SAT?

Hey guys, I'm gearing up for the whole standardized testing phase and I've been hearing mixed stuff about the difficulty level of the PSAT compared to the SAT. Can anyone who's taken both shed some light on this? I want to know if my PSAT prep will give me a strong base for the SAT or if I should expect a big step up in difficulty.

8 months ago

Hello there! It's fantastic that you're thinking ahead about your standardized test preparation. Generally speaking, the PSAT is slightly easier than the SAT. It's designed to act as a practice version of the SAT, as well as a qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship. The questions on the PSAT may not be as complex, and the test is shorter in duration. However, the format and types of questions you'll encounter on the PSAT are very similar to those on the SAT.

Your preparation for the PSAT will definitely be beneficial as you prepare for the SAT, as both exams test similar content and skills. Generally speaking, students who perform well on the PSAT tend to also do well on the SAT, particularly when they build upon their PSAT studies and continue to prepare for the SAT.

That being said, keep in mind that the SAT will have additional questions and a higher difficulty ceiling, so it's crucial to continue practicing, particularly with official SAT practice materials. Focus on reviewing any areas where you struggled on the PSAT and consider taking full-length practice SAT tests to get used to the test's timing and stamina requirements.

You're on the right path, and with diligent preparation, you should see a smooth transition between the two tests. Best of luck!

8 months ago

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