Join Vince Kotchian for an in-depth discussion in this video About the PSAT test, part of Test Prep: PSAT.
- You may have heard it's a good idea to prepare for the PSAT, but it's possible no one has really explained why. In this video, I'll explain why the PSAT is important for you. So the PSAT is a standardized test, which just means that every PSAT is carefully designed and scaled to be very similar to every other PSAT. This means that the test is extremely predictable in terms of what it will have on it. So, the first revised PSAT will be administered in October of 2015 to high school juniors.
There will also soon be a PSAT 8/9 for 8th and 9th graders, as well as a PSAT 10 for 10th graders. All of these PSATs will be very similar in terms of content. So the special thing about the PSAT for juniors is the students who score very high can qualify for National Merit Scholarships and other scholarships. This is a great incentive to prepare for the test. The PSAT's also good practice in preparation for the SAT, which is a college entrance exam typically taken in the junior and or senior year of high school.
The SAT is longer than the PSAT, and it has an essay, but otherwise, the content is just like the PSAT in almost every way. The first revised SAT, which has the same revisions as the 2015 PSAT, will be given in March of 2016. Remember, preparing for the PSAT will help you become much more comfortable for the test. It will also help you prepare for the SAT, and even possibly give you a chance at scholarships. So, it makes sense to spend some time getting ready for the test.
- Understanding the structure of the PSAT
- Preparing a study timeline
- Reviewing sample questions
- Reading efficiently and critically
- Recognizing wrong answers in the reading section
- Answering grammar and punctuation questions
- Backsolving math problems
- Decoding charts and graphs
- Working without a calculator