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What's the PSAT and when should I take it?

Hey everyone! I'm a junior and keep hearing about the PSAT but I'm not totally clear on what it is or when I'm supposed to take it. Is there a specific year it's meant for, and what does it actually test you on? Also, how does it differ from the SAT?

8 months ago

Hi there! The PSAT, or Preliminary SAT, is essentially a practice version of the SAT. It's also known as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) for juniors. While the content and structure are very similar to the SAT, it's a bit shorter and doesn't include an essay section. High school students usually take the PSAT in the fall of their junior year, which is the official year you can qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program. Sophomores can also take it as practice, but their scores won't count for the scholarship competition.

The PSAT tests you on reading, writing, and math, just like the SAT, and it's a great way to get a feel for the kind of questions you'll encounter on the SAT. Additionally, since it's aligned with the SAT, the PSAT can help identify areas you need to work on before taking the SAT. It's different in that it's shorter, scores are used primarily for scholarship qualification, and it's not used for college admissions purposes. Make sure you check with your school for specific test dates and sign-up information for this academic year. Best of luck prepping for the PSAT!

8 months ago

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