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What’s a Good PSAT Score?

Thursday, May 16th, 2013
PSAT test

PSAT exam

“Let Go Of That Score”

If you are worried about your college entrance exam scores – namely the standardized tests – you should be…somewhat.  For those suffering from score-induced panic, know that your scores, while important, should never infiltrate your self-esteem, let alone be a measure of it.

Let the others worry about themselves; you’ll have enough to manage!  First up in your unique standardized testing path is taking the PSAT in October of 11th grade.  A shortened version of the SAT, the 2 hour and 10 minute PSAT serves two main purposes: 1) to give you a rough (and ONLY ROUGH!) idea of your overall multiple choice questions performance, and 2) to qualify the top 1% scorers for National Merit Semi-finalist eligibility.  While prestigious, National Merit is a separate, later series of steps to take.  Right now, dismiss that concept altogether.  Take the PSAT with as much focus as possible.  The outside, overwhelming world only compromises your best efforts if you let it! (more…)

What is the PSAT?

Friday, March 22nd, 2013


Preparing for the SAT can be daunting and confusing for parents and students, and we get all kinds of questions about how the test is scored, how to prepare for it, how much it counts, what a “good” SAT score is, etc. etc. The one thing we never get asked (at least not by students who have grown up in the United States) is “what is the SAT?”

The SAT has been around for almost a century. Your parents probably took it, and they might even remember what their scores were. Ask them what they got on the PSAT, however, and they will probably look at you blankly. It’s likely that they took it (it was created in 1959), but it’s equally likely that they forgot all about it, because they weren’t really sure why it mattered. (more…)

Does the PSAT Count?

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012
Preliminary SAT

Preliminary SAT

The Preliminary SAT or PSAT is a test administered by the College Board to juniors (and some sophomores) in October.  It is a test that officially marks the beginning of your SAT process and is a helpful diagnostic tool.  The PSAT contains the same kinds of questions you find on the SAT and therefore gives you a good sense of what the actual test is like.

The PSAT includes multiple-choice questions on vocabulary, grammar, reading comprehension, algebra, geometry, and numbers and operations.  It covered this material exactly as the SAT does, but with half the number of sections. (more…)