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Looking to take the PSAT?

psatTake the PSAT at Tahoma:
The PSAT will be offered on Saturday, October 18th at THS.  Testing begins at 8:00 a.m.  Please arrive no later than 7:45 a.m.  You can register by bringing cash or check for $18  to the cashier.  Seats are limited so don’t delay!

About the PSAT

The PSAT is a two-hour test given once a year in October. Many students take the PSAT, not only as preparation for the SAT taken in senior year and widely used as a major criterion for college admissions, but also to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Competition.

As with the SAT, the PSAT has separate math and verbal sections and a third section testing English grammar. Each subject is scored on a scale of 20 to 80 and these scores are combined to create the National Merit Scholarship selection index.

Almost all students take the PSAT during their junior year, but many students take the PSAT when they are sophomores to get the feel of the test. However, it is only the scores from the PSAT taken in your junior year that are considered for the National Merit Scholarship competition.

This scholarship competition awards approximately 8,200 scholarships annually.

What’s on the PSAT?

In about two hours and ten minutes, the PSAT tests your critical reading, math, and writing skills.  It includes:

  • Two twenty-five minute critical reading sections
  • Two twenty-five minute math sections
  • One thirty-minute writing section

It is almost entirely multiple-choice based, with some grid-in questions in the math section.

Why should I take the PSAT?

  • The PSAT can qualify you for impossibly sweet scholarship competitions.  Money, money, money to fuel a college education – sweet.
  • The PSAT is excellent practice for the SAT. It’s better to find out now if you happened to forget some mathematical formula or grammar rule that could cost you hundreds of points on the SAT.
  • The PSAT will help you work on pacing. Even if you know the content cold, you could have trouble on the SAT if you’re not a fast test-taker.
  • The PSAT can get colleges to send you fan mail. You decide if you want colleges to have access to your information. This can be a great way to start your hunt for the perfect college.
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