The PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test)

Written By: Alesha Kadiri
6th Grade
February 26, 2019

The PSAT is a practice for the SAT test that seniors in high school must take to go to college. The entirety of the test in in the form of a multiple choice style. You are allowed to take it once a year and it is usually only taken in 10th and 11th grade. It is divided into 4 timed sections:

  • Evidence-Based Reading `
  • Writing and Language
  • Math (no calculator)
  • Math (with calculator)

Reading is the longest part on the test, being exactly one hour long. It is this long due to the fact that you must evaluate each passage and think critically to answer and explain main ideas and questions. The concepts in this section are Command of Evidence, Words in Context, and the Analysis of Historical and Scientific Excerpts.

Writing and language is next, and 35 minutes long. It test your ability to edit and catching grammatical errors within regular text, and as well improve the text. For example, punctuation usage, or particular sentence structure, and the placement of sentences within the text. The test concepts are Expression of Ideas, and Standard English Conventions.

Math is 25 minutes with no calculator, and 45 minutes with a calculator. This test your ability to solve real-world problems and think critically in math. Especially when the first part of the question is used to solve the second part. The concepts in these sections are Algebra, Data Analysis and Problem Solving, and Advanced Mat

Each correct answer counts as as a point towards your “raw score.” There is no penalty for guessing on questions, but there is for not answering at all. Then the “raw score” is converted to the scaled score. For each section, the score ranges from 160 pts. To 760 pts.. The final score is composed of all the points you earned in each section, which ranges from 320-1520 pts.

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