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PSAT

Get the score and become a National Merit Scholar

PSAT: What you need to know about the PSAT Exam

The PSAT is the Preliminary SAT and is also used as the NMSQT, which is the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. This test is widely taken during the sophomore and junior years of high school, but it’s during the junior year that the test is used to qualify for National Merit Scholars. However, it’s great practice to take the PSAT starting your sophomore year of high school. While the PSAT isn’t mandatory to gain entrance into college, it is a great practice test for the SAT and can also help you earn scholarship money for college. The test is 2 hours and 45 minutes long.  It includes Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing, which includes a Reading Test, Writing Test, and Language Test; and it includes two Math Tests (one without calculator use allowed, and another with calculator use allowed).

PSAT – Our Approach

  • Entry Diagnostic

    Every PSAT student sits for a full-length diagnostic assessment before enrollment, or at the beginning of his or her program.

  • Detailed Score Analysis

    Areas of strength, weakness, and overall ability are assessed before the start of any personalized program. We build a unique set of aggressive, yet realistic, goals for each student.

  • Program Consultation

    We meet with our parents and students to discuss results, share our analysis, and create shared goals and expectations. 

  • Strategic Instructor Pairing

    We pair students with instructors who approach academic problems from their same perspective.  Students who have a propensity for math tend to approach both math and verbal problems from a math perspective, and vice versa. 

  • Class Structure

    Each program is built upon four components that lead to test-day success:

    • Strengthen core knowledge
    • Develop concept identification and concept-specific skills
    • Learn and apply test-specific strategies
    • Build retention and mastery through repeated, timed practice

Reading Section

60 minutes

47 questions

Writing and Language Section

35 minutes

44 questions

Math Section (no calculator)

25 minutes

17 questions

Math Section (calculator)

45 minutes

31 questions

Creating a plan

Once you’ve identified what your college application requirements are and you have familiarized yourself with your college entrance test you will be taking, you’ll next want to develop a study plan and set personal goals for yourself. Your personal goals can include how much time you plan to study a week, gains you hope to achieve in one of the test subjects, and an overall test score you hope to achieve. To achieve these goals, you should start by taking a practice test, then selecting an official test date that allows you enough study time to reach your personal goals. When you enroll as a student at TEST SMART® Learning Centers, your personal tutor will sit-down with you, talk about your goals, and create a personalized study plan to help you achieve your personal best test score!

Our most popular Plans

POWER PREP

16 hrs
  • 8 X 2 HOUR SESSIONS
  • Private 1 to 1 instruction
  • 3 full-length practice tests
  • All learning and study materials included

COMPREHENSIVE

24 hrs
  • 12 X 2 HOUR SESSIONS
  • Private 1 to 1 instruction
  • 6 full-length practice tests
  • All learning and study materials included

PREMIUM

36 hrs
  • 18 X 2 HOUR SESSIONS
  • Private 1 to 1 instruction
  • Unlimited full-length practice tests
  • All learning and study materials included
  • Premium Welcome Package
  • Complimentary college consultation

The table above outlines our most popular plans, however please note that we provide great flexibility to our offerings. We are able to customize your package to meet your specific needs and availability. While working with you during our consultation, we provide guidance and recommendations to help build a plan that you can get excited about, and that aligns with your schedule and goals.

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