2016 PSAT Guide: Everything You Need to Know about the PSAT

Next month, schools will offer the 2016 PSAT/NMSQT to 10th and 11th grade students nationwide. What do you need to know about the 2016 PSAT? Who takes it? The PSAT/NMSQT is open to both 10th and 11th grade students. While many 10th graders take the test, most test takers will be juniors because 11th grade students who take the PSAT/NMSQT compete for the coveted National …

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Posted September 23rd, 2016

Why the PSAT Matters to You

It's just the PSAT, right? As in "pre-SAT"? As in "just practice"? Wrong. The PSAT has always been more than "just a practice" test because it also acts as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT), meaning that eligible students who take the PSAT are automatically entered to compete for the prestigious National Merit Scholarship. This alone has long made the…

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Posted October 20th, 2015

The Old vs. New PSAT

Comparison of the Major Features: Pre-2015 PAT/NMSQT Redesigned PSAT/NMSQT Total Testing Time* 2 hours and 10 minutes 2 hours and 45 minutes* Components 1. Critical Reading 2. Writing 3. Mathematics 1.Evidence-Based Reading and Writing • Reading Test • Writing and Language Test 2.Math Important Features: • Emphasis on general reasoning skil…

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Posted August 29th, 2015

What Do PSAT Scores Really Mean?

It’s that time of year again: The Christmas carols are playing, you’re showered in holiday sale fliers, and the weather is turning colder. Oh, and if you’ve got a high school kid, your child’s PSAT scores have probably been released. If your child took the PSAT in October (students usually take the test in 10th and/or 11th grade), then the score reports should h…

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Posted December 14th, 2012