Oct. 14, 2015 will be a red letter day for many juniors. It is the first administration of the new PSAT/NMSQT test. Students taking the PSAT in October will get a preview of the new, redesigned SAT. What are the key changes to the PSAT?
- Guessing Penalty eliminated. Feel free to guess an answer. No more will a ¼ point be taken off for incorrect answers on the PSAT. So guess away!
- Put away the flashcards. The ensconced practice of using plausible but obscure vocabulary questions has been discontinued. In place are longer reading passages, with questions based on content, not words.
- Same score scale as SAT. The old 20-80 scale for the PSAT is gone. The new scale will be the same as the SAT- almost. The scale will range from 160-760 for each section: 320-1520 for 2 sections. The SAT score range is 200-800.
- 30 minutes longer. Instead of 2 hours 10 minutes, the new test is 2 hours 45 minutes. Be prepared for the long haul when you take the PSAT at school.
- Introducing Science & History content. Don’t be surprised to find questions about science or the founding fathers. New test questions are more evidence based.
- Scores, scores and more scores. The new PSAT has multiple ways to look at what you were tested on and how you fared on the test. Go over test scores with your school counselor.
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