You plan on what you need to study, how to improve your score and more. But you also need to plan ahead if you intend to take the PSAT. A good score on the PSAT will take some of the edge off of taking the official SAT and also open doors to lucrative grants, awards and scholarships.
The PSAT is only offered at a certain time of year, and the registration can depend on where you plan to take the test. After all that build up and studying to take the test, you will need to have patience and wait for the results. There are a few dates you need to know before taking the PSAT.
When Is the PSAT Given?
PSAT dates are always in the fall. They are offered in October and November. The PSAT is given at area high schools rather than test centers. The school will decide when to offer the PSAT.
How to Register for the PSAT
The PSAT is not part of the College Board university readiness program and is facilitated completely through the high school where the test will be administered. Contact the high school where the student is enrolled to register them to take the PSAT and pay any additional fees.
Homeschool students may take the PSAT at a participating high school that is close to them. Check with the school district that the child lives in to see if there are any restrictions as to where they may be able to take the PSAT.
When to Expect PSAT Results
PSAT results come out within six to eight weeks after you have taken the test. Where you take the test will depend on when you receive the PSAT results.
What Is the PSAT?
The PSAT NMSQT is more than a mere practice test. It covers all that a student should have already learned during their time in high school. It stands for Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test. It is not as difficult as the SAT, but it resembles the types of questions and how they are presented on the official standardized college exam.
Taking the PSAT also allows students to pinpoint any weaknesses they may have in their mastery of math and reading curriculum as well as what it is like to sit down for a lengthy amount of time.
PSAT 10 Scores
The PSAT 10 is a recent practice SAT exam that was introduced for students to take before the big exam. It has similar types of questions as the official SAT and the same math, reading and writing sections. The PSAT 10 scores are based on a scale of 320 to 1520.
Designed for sophomores and juniors to take, the PSAT NMSQT and PSAT 10 are basically the same, however, there are two main differences between the two.
- Testing Time: The PSAT 10 is offered in the spring, and the PSAT NMSQT is offered in the fall.
- National Merit Scholarship: The PSAT 10 does not allow you to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship whereas the PSAT NMSQT does. This makes the PSAT NMSQT more beneficial for students who are hoping to apply to different grants and scholarships.
When the PSAT 10 is Given
The PSAT 10 test is given in the spring beginning in February. The 2019 test dates are:
- February 25
- March 29
- April 1
- April 26
You must currently be a sophomore or junior to qualify to take the PSAT. The dates for the 2020 PSAT 10 test will be released later this year.
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