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Ch 1: PSAT: About the Test

About This Chapter

Let us answer some of your questions about the PSAT. Our fun-to-watch videos and quizzes include information about registration and test format and can help you approach the PSAT with confidence.

About the PSAT Test - Chapter Summary

Use our basic PSAT chapter to learn about the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT)/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT). These easy-to-follow lessons have been designed to provide you with a big-picture look at the test so you'll know what to expect on exam day. In this chapter, the instructor will:

  • Explain the purpose of the PSAT
  • Talk about the test subjects and sections
  • Show you how to prepare for the PSAT

Our introductory PSAT chapter is the first step in helping you decide if you're ready to take the exam. Each brief video lesson is followed by an online quiz that will show you how well you understood the materials.

PSAT Objectives

The PSAT is a 3-section, standardized test offered by both the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It can help you get ready for the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and provide you with the chance for some real-life practice in taking a timed exam. By taking the PSAT, you'll also be eligible for career and school resources and NMSC scholarship programs. Our lessons on the PSAT include the following objectives:

  • Understanding the registration process
  • Understanding what types of questions you'll be asked
  • Understanding how much time you'll have to complete the test sections
  • Understanding how the test will be scored

The PSAT consists of a critical reading, mathematical and writing section. Each section lasts 35-70 minutes and includes 44-48 questions.

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