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PSAT 10

What is the PSAT 10?

The PSAT 10 is a practice SAT exam that debuted in the 2015-16 school year. It is aligned to the SAT, meaning it has similar question types and the same Reading, Writing, and Math sections.

Unlike the SAT, which is designed for juniors and seniors, the PSAT 10 is designed specifically for sophomores in high school. As a result, its questions are not as difficult as those on the SAT.

The PSAT 10 is the same test as the PSAT/NMSQT, which is designed for both sophomores and juniors. In other words, all questions, sections, and time limits are the same for the PSAT 10 and the PSAT/NMSQT.

 

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • The PSAT 10 is typically administered every year in the SPRING.
  • Designed specifically for 10th grade students.
  • The PSAT's total score range is 320-1520.

 

PSAT/NMSQT

What is the PSAT/NMSQT?

The Preliminary SAT, also known as the PSAT/NMSQT® (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test), is a practice version of the SAT exam. If you earn a high score on the PSAT your junior year, you could qualify to receive a National Merit Scholarship—$180 million dollars in merit scholarships are awarded to students each year.

 

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • The PSAT/NMSQT is typically administered every year in October.
  • While both 10th and 11th grade students can take test, only 11th grade students are eligible for the National Merit Scholarship.
  • The PSAT's total score range is 320-1520.

 

SAT

What is the SAT?

It's a standardized test that students can take before applying to colleges. The exam tests students on math, reading, and writing content by having students analyze and evaluate problems.

A student can score between 400-1600; the higher the score a student achieves, the better their chances are for college admission. 

 

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • The SAT is administered throughout the year.
  • Many 4-year universities require scores from either the SAT or ACT. In these cases, an official "score report" needs to be sent from the student's College Board account directly to each university.
  • The SAT has two math sections, one that allows the use of a calculator and another that does allow the use of a calculator.

ACT

What is the ACT?

It's a standardized test that students can take before applying to colleges. The exam tests students on math, reading, writing, and a bit of science content by having students analyze and evaluate problems.

A student can score between 1-36; the higher the score a student achieves, the better their chances are for college admission.

The test is offered through the ACT company, and a student must register through their website to take the exam.

 

SAT SUBJECT TESTS

What are the SAT subject tests?

For competitive colleges (colleges that accept a low percentage of students), often it is recommended that a student take two or sometimes three subject tests. 

Whereas the SAT is very broad, SAT subject tests focus on one particular subject such as chemistry, Spanish, US history, etc. The test is only an hour long, and a student can take multiple subject tests on one day.

For a student to do well on the test, it is recommended for that student to be enrolled in a course on that subject and take the exam in the spring or summer, in order to have covered most of the content on the test.

The test is offered through an organization called the CollegeBoard, which also offers other standardized exams such as the PSAT/NMSQT and AP exams. A student must register on the CollegeBoard's website to take the test.