PSAT Tips & Tricks

Instructor: Carrie Soucy
The PSAT prepares high school sophomores and juniors for the SAT test and is used to determine eligibility for college scholarship programs. Read on for tips to help you prepare for this exam.

PSAT Preparation Tips

The number one way to succeed on the PSAT is to arrive on test day confident and well prepared for the exam's content and structure. To do so, consider these tips when readying for the test.

Understand How the PSAT is Scored

The total scoring range for the PSAT is 320-1520. Scores are calculated based on the number of questions a test-taker answers correctly. Unlike in the past, the latest version of the PSAT does not include a penalty for incorrect answers, so students are encouraged to guess on questions - rather than leave them blank - if they do not know the answer.

Know What to Expect

The PSAT is a three-section exam that takes 2 hours and 45 minutes to complete.

Section Time Allowed Question Types
Writing and Language 35 Multiple-choice
Reading60 Multiple-choice
Math 70 Multiple-choice and grid-in

Practice, Practice, Practice

The College Board, which administers the PSAT, offers free, downloadable practice tests online. Test-takers are encouraged to take several practice tests and to follow the PSAT time guidelines to not only measure performance, but also learn how to manage time and pace themselves on test day.

Utilize PSAT Prep Courses

Along with practice tests, students may take advantage of a variety of PSAT prep tools to help them study for the exam. See PSAT Prep: Help and Review to explore an online prep course that features video lessons covering the PSAT subject areas and provides additional tips to help you prepare for test day.

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