PSAT: The PSAT is a practice exam for the SAT. It is a shortened version of the SAT. The PSAT is given in October every year and students sign up and pay for the exam at Kirkwood High School. Juniors are encouraged to take this exam, but it is not mandatory.
The PSAT is a great primer for the SAT, and even the ACT, but it’s more than just a trial run. PSAT scores are used to identify National Merit Scholars and award merit scholarships. The PSAT/NMSQT is the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
The PSAT has two sections: Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing. Students will encounter passage-based questions—sometimes accompanied by tables, graphs, and charts—and math problems drawing upon algebra, geometry, and a little trig. The exam is 2 hours and 45 minutes long and each section is scored on a scale of 160–760, making a “perfect” score 1520. There are also test scores, cross-test scores, and subscores. The highest scores and percentiles earn National Merit Recognition. But PSAT scores are also useful in determining your best prep strategies for the SAT or ACT. Learn More About The PSAT
PSAT Study Sessions
KHS PSAT October 12th