Common Questions About the PSAT

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What is the PSAT?


  • It is a shorter, less difficult version of the SAT that is taken by across the country in October of 11th grade.
  • It mirrors the format and content of the SAT.
  • Typically administered by your school and is free to participate in.


Who sees PSAT scores?


  • Your school, your district and your state.
  • Scholarship programs: NMSP, National Hispanic Recognition, National Scholarship Service and Telluride Seminar Scholarships.
  • It’s important to note that colleges do NOT see PSAT scores automatically. They will be informed if you are nominated for any scholarship opportunities.


Is it relevant to 9th/10th graders?


  • Yes it is!
  • Most content covered on the PSAT and, further down the road, the SAT is actually presented in high school during 9th and 10th grade. From standard grammar rules and reading comprehension to various math topics, students are mostly familiar with the subjects by the end of 10th grade.
  • Competitive summer programs can require a test score of some kind and the PSAT often fulfills that requirement.


Should you study?

  • Absolutely!
  • It’s a test that can be learned, not an aptitude test. Though it doesn’t have implications for scores in school, scholarship opportunities and free practice for the more important SAT is a great incentive.
  • As noted above, competitive summer programs want to see high scores and often have minimum requirements, so studying could be necessary to qualify for an extracurricular activity.
  • Any strides made on the PSAT will translate into SAT success so it’s spreading out the studying necessary to perform at a high level on the SAT.



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