Preliminary SAT (PSAT) aka National Merit Scholarship Qualifying test (NMSQT) is a standardized test which is administered by the college board. Unlike SAT and ACT, this test is offered only once in a year. The expected date for 2019 PSAT is October 16 with two alternate test dates – October 19, 2019 and October 30, 2019.
More than 3.5 million students appear for PSAT each year. And this number is growing rapidly year after year. These scores are used to check the qualification for the National merit scholarship program.
Duration of the test is about 2 hours 10 minutes. This test has two sections with sub sections–
2. Math – Includes problem Solving, data analysis, Heart of Algebra, Advanced Maths, Trigonometry, geometry.
Why take PSAT
How to prepare for the PSAT
PSAT scores are released within three months of the test date, in the second week of January. Your score card includes overall scores which ranges from 320-1520.
To summarize, we can say PSAT gives an indication of how a student would perform on SAT/ACT with this level of preparation. This gives an idea to parents and students, about the level of preparation that is required further. With all said and done, students must remember that the PSAT is much shorter than the SAT. Also, questions given on the PSAT are easier than the ACT/SAT. PSAT kind of gives a glimpse of real test taking conditions. Of course, great scores on PSAT would fetch you a national merit scholarship.
For more information about PSAT, you may visit your school counsellor or visit https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10
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