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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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Structure of the PSAT
The PSAT test consists of three sections:
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.
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.
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.
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