PSAT is a Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test and National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. This test has two purposes. One, it is a rehearsal for students who plan to take the SAT, which is the test most colleges require for admission. Two, it is used to select students seeking National Merit Scholarships which are awarded spring term of the senior year and to choose students for the National Assistance Scholarship Program for Outstanding Negro Students.
The new PSAT is scored between 320 and 1520 points. You'll get two scaled scores between 160 and 760: one for Math and one for Reading and Writing combined (called Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, or EBRW). You'll also get to see how you performed on each of the three sections with a test score between 8 and 38.
Offered in the Fall semester usually in October. Other options for testing dates are in the Spring semester, however, it would depend on state testing and the calendar.
If you want to look at sample material prior to taking the PSAT, you can go to the following website. https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10
You can also go to Khan Academy and find practice and tutorial information.
You will need to create an account before you have access to information.
Due to some recent changes and HB3 in Section 48.155, Education Code, EHS will be paying for the cost of the PSAT exam for juniors. We will continue to offer and encourage the sophomores to take the PSAT, however, they will be asked to pay for the cost of the exam.