The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a standardized test that is used to determine eligibility for the National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSP).

The PSAT is taken by 10th and 11th grade students in October, each year. Most students choose to take the PSAT in order to enter the competition for scholarships from the NMSP. Students also often take the test in order to assess their performance compared to that of their peer group in preparation for the SAT. Further, taking the PSAT also allows students to be added to mailing lists for various US colleges.

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SchoolTutoring Academy offers comprehensive, yet very affordable test prep programs to get you ready for the PSAT/NMSQT. Our highly qualified and experienced teachers will work with you, at your pace and on your schedule. Our PSAT/NMSQT Test prep programs include:

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Structure of the PSAT

The PSAT test consists of three sections:

Critical Reading

Tests the student’s comprehension of the English language.

Two parts to this section:

1. Sentence Completions: tests the student’s knowledge of words and structure of a sentence.

2. Reading Comprehension: tests the student’s ability to understand a passage or excerpt.

Writing

Tests the student’s writing skills in the English language and the ability to recognize faults in usage and structure. Questions are based on: Identifying sentence errors, improving sentences, and improving paragraphs.

Mathematics

This section includes questions on arithmetic operations, algebra, geometry, statistics and probability.

Format of the PSAT

The PSAT/NMSQT test is made up of 5 parts with a total test time of 2 hours and 10 minutes.

Critical Reading Sections

  • ➪ 2 x 25-minutes

Math Sections

  • ➪ 2 x 25-minutes

Writing Skills Section

  • ➪ 30-minute

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Your PSAT Test Score

Unlike SAT scores, the PSAT test score is not reported to colleges and is not used for college admissions. The PSAT score can, however, provide you feedback on how your performance compares to that of your peers, and can give you an early indication of the areas to improve on before taking the SAT.

Each of the three sections of the PSAT test is scored on a scale from 20 to 80, with 50 being the median of all test takers. Also listed on your score report is the Selection Index, which is used to determine eligibility in National Merit Scholarship Programs (NMSP). It is the sum of the three scores in each test section (CR + M + W). The Selection Index ranges from 60 to 240.

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Our educators have graduated from top academic institutions, and many of them have achieved in the 90th percentile or higher on standardized tests. Equally importantly, they enjoy coaching students across a variety of subject areas and standardized tests.

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Students work collaboratively with their private test prep instructor who is a top-notch college graduate well beyond the academic caliber that you’ll typically find in your neighborhood.

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Every student is paired up with both a private tutor and an Academic Director responsible for creating a comprehensive learning plan and constantly tweeking it to optimize for results.

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With regular progress reports and archived copies of your lessons, you can easily track your progress and review concepts from past lessons.

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What is a Good PSAT Score

In 2011, the average score for eleventh graders was about 48 in Critical Reading, 49 in Mathematics, and 46 in Writing Skills. The average score for tenth graders was about 43 in Critical Reading, 43 in Mathematics, and 41 in Writing Skills.

The PSAT Selection Index is used in part to qualify you for the National Merit Scholarship. Each state has a minimum qualifying score. To qualify, the student’s composite score, or Selection Index, must be approximately in the 99th percentile. In 2011 the minimum Qualifying Score for the National Merit Semifinalists (over all states) was 201.